Chiyono

With this and that I tried to keep the bucket together,
And then the bottom fell out.
Where water does not collect,
The moon does not dwell.

Chiyono is the last name chanted in Zen Center’s list of women ancestors, though she lived in the 13th century. This poem is quoted in The Hidden Lamp, where reference is made to this decorous print by Yoshitoshi:

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