Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Japanese poetry of the day

Here are three poems written by the Japanese poetess Ono no Komachi who lived around 825-900 AD.

Did he appear,
because I fell asleep
thinking of him?
If only I'd known I was dreaming
I'd never have wakened.

* * * * *

Now that I am entering
The winter of life,
Your ardour has faded
Like foliage ravaged
By late autumn rains.

* * * * *

Sad -
the end that waits me -
To think at last
I'll be a mere haze
Pale green over the fields.


Blogger kinglear said...

They are lovely - but sad.

10:33 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I like that first one.

10:56 pm  

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