Songs from My Heart: Poems of Life and Nature

December 6, 2020
Songs from My Heart: Poems of Life and Nature

For many years Daisaku Ikeda has used poetry to express hisinnermost observations and sensations. He has given poetic voice tofeelings that have emerged from real life, and from the activitiesof an internationally known champion of peace and education and theleader of a worldwide lay Buddhist movement. With a vigour andsimplicity that derive from a style rooted in classical rather thancolloquial traditions, his poems celebrate the themes of youth andof progress, and the mysteries of the natural world: whether a windthat sighs 'with its melancholy chant to the traveller', or a'great sky with its transcendent beauty and stillness', or a moonthat shines with the light of the 'silver monarch'. These arepoignant meditations above all on time, transience and the eternal– rendered visible through a palette of diverse poetic colour, andframed within a universe where all people are called to strive fora better world. Such a world is characterized not by division, butby peace and love. In that sense, these are verses expressive ofthe author's deepest hopes and sentiments: not merely poems, butkeenly felt songs from his heart.