Izumi Shikibu poem spreads the old-fashioned way

Many years ago I ran across this poem -- I don't even remember where. I was so taken with it, I copied it onto a scrap of paper and taped it to the wall where I could see it from my desk.

A few years ago Jenna Ross (reporter for the Star Tribune and friend of our son Will) stayed at our house. Taken with the quote, she jotted it down. Just recently she was taking a printmaking class and made this gorgeous print:


I love this way a poem from a thousand years ago found its way into her hands and heart.