Friday, 16 August 2013

Kokinshu #434

Friday, 16 August 2013 06:58
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
(Hollyhock, katsura)

    If in the future
because of other eyes the days
    we meet are seldom,
would you then become convinced
of my hard-heartedness?

—12 July-13 August 2013

(Original author unknown.) Same two topics hidden in similar ways, giving the flip side. To keep it as gender-neutral as the previous, I read the implied pronoun as "you," but absent this context "he" or "she" is more likely.


hitome yue
nochi ni au hi no
harukeku wa
wa ga tsuraki ni ya
omoinasaremu


---L.

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As language practice, I was translating classical Japanese poetry -- most recently, book 11 (love part 1) of the Kokinshu anthology. This project is, however, on hiatus. Past translations are archived here. Suggestions, corrections, and questions always welcome.

There's also original pomes in the journal archives.

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