Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Quote of the Day (Edith Shiffert, on Memories Evoked by a Summer Tree)

“How slowly
    in the moonlit cold of midnight,
    one hundred and eight times,
    each temple strikes its bell.

    Listening, between sounds
    is time to remember, and regret,
    common sins and fugitive delights.” —American poet Edith Shiffert (1916-2017), “The Summer Tree,” Christian Science Monitor, 1968, quoted in MARGALIT FOX, “Edith Shiffert, 101, A Poet Inspired by Japan,” The New York Times, June 15, 2017

(The image accompanying this post shows Edith Shiffert reading at the Kyoto International Community House sometime around 2004.)

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