Thursday, 14 February 2013

Kokinshu #362

Thursday, 14 February 2013 07:32
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    Though autumn has come,
not even the colors change
    on Evergreen Hill,
and it's the winds that lend it
these bright leaves from someplace else.

—3 February 2013

Original by [Sakanoue no Korenori]. The attribution is from Korenori's collected poems. Evergreen Hill is, as in #251, Tokiwa west of Kyoto, which often appears in birthday poems for its name. I'm not sure but that "the colors don't even change" wouldn't be a better translation were it not for its informal register.


aki kuredo
iro mo kawaranu
tokiwayama
yoso no momiji o
kaze zo kashikeru


---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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