Bussokusekika – Night
A slow ticking clock
Watching daylight pale away
Without an echo
Night falls like a silken veil
The lark sings out sorrowful
Cold moonlight falls to the ground
© Ann Bagnall and AnnieB222.com, 2015.
Bussokusekika (Buddha Footprint poem) is a rare form of Japanese poetry that consists of six lines written in a 5-7-5-7-7-7 mora pattern. Arising during the Nara period, the form had essentially died out by the Heian period. For centuries, the only existing examples were the twenty-one poems inscribed beside the stone Buddha Foot monument at Yakushi Temple in Nara, Japan, by an unknown author around 753 CE.