Compassion is a 2-way Street

Lady Nijo, a once imperial concubine turned Buddhist, named, as the court ladies would be in the 14th century Japan, after a street (2nd Avenue), writing in the distant year of 1307, shares the following travel note:

“I had given up my home completely, yet my thoughts quite naturally lingered on the possibility of return…  These thoughts occupied my mind all the way to Osaka Pass…    As I paused to rest, my glance was caught by a cherry tree so heavy with blossoms that I could hardly take my eyes from it. 

Its blossoms detaining travelers

The cherry tree guards the pass

On Osaka Mountain.

I composed this poem as I continued <…>  at dusk I saw prostitutes seeking companions for the night and realized that this too formed a part of life.”

The power and irony of ordinary perfection:  an ex-concubine 2nd Ave. beauty is arrested by a sight of beauty of Osaka Pass, and gets a pass into self-acceptance.