End of the World

The end of autumn draws nigh
Leaves once brilliant are soon gone
Beauty is ephemeral
How long for this gilded age?Sugawara no Tokihira

Liner notes:

The Heian concept of beauty focused on the fleeting instant.  Beauty is not something that is lasting.  Heian society is beautiful, so it stands to reason that it, too, that it will fall.  The imminent failure of society was a common topic.  This topic was inspired by Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world this October 21st (Friday).

The form is jueju, Chinese in origin with the 7-7-7-7 pattern of syllables known as qijue (strictly speaking, this should have a rhyming and inflection pattern, the inflection pattern being impossible to duplicate in English).  Composed 23rd day of 9th month, AS XLVI.


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