Ono No Komachi, (ca. 850) from "The Ink Dark Moon"

"I thought those white clouds
were gathered around
some distant peak,
but already
they have risen between us"

                 -by Ono No Komachi, from "The Ink Dark Moon"

I love this poem because of the beautiful disconnect described in it but also because of who wrote it. Komachi was one of the forerunners of the literature of the Heian court of Japan. She and the other women writers of that time were ones who were the most accomplished and respected. I find that to be incredibly inspiring.