3 responses to “At Jingoji

  1. This cirku was composed a few days ago at the temple of Jingoji in Takao, just outside Kyoto, after a conversation with a priest there. Later research shows that this huge bronze bell, which is nowadays never struck and no one is allowed to see, was most probably cast in the ninth century, but I don’t wish to change the poem, as ‘eighth’ has a more metallic sound than ‘ninth’, more suited to the image. Will you please allow me one hundred years of poetic licence?