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In Between the Rocks
Sone No Yoshitada


In between the rocks
A wedge of ice
Has been forced;
Jewels of water
Wet nothing now.

This poem is in the public domain.



Sone No Yoshitada (approximately 930 - 1010 A.D.), who lived in Japan, was a government employee who became interested in poetry late in life. Though his work was not highly regarded at the time, it gained both popularity and respect after his death, was proclaimed as "ahead of its time," and was even anthologized in several imperial collections.



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Mary Lou Taylor:

Posted 01/28/2019 03:06 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Thank you, Jayne, for your comment. I'll be giving a talk to a group of educators in April. What you said and this poem (and what Kevin Arnold said) i can use in my appearance. The teachers taught from kindergarten to high school. I only taught high school, so this will be useful.
Posted 01/28/2019 03:06 PM
I love the way, using the title and first line, the poem sits on solid rock long before approaching the water imagery.
Posted 01/23/2019 07:02 PM
And we can walk on water when it is frozen.
Posted 01/23/2019 08:51 AM
I happen to love the ancient poetry of Japan and China. This is a perfect example of controlled thought. Try one!
Posted 01/23/2019 08:13 AM

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