Sunday, 7 April 2013

Kokinshu #378

Sunday, 7 April 2013 10:21
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Written when left behind by a beloved friend traveling to the eastern provinces.

    Even if you are
among the far-distant clouds,
    this traveling heart
is not left behind -- and so
we only seem separated.

—5 April 2013

Original by Fujiwara no Fukayabu. Back to male friends parting, this time in more private modes -- the "beloved friend" part indicating that this is a more private affair than the official sendings off of previous poems. Compare #367. Omitted-but-understood words: "if you are." The verb for "traveling" in the poem implies going back and forth (the modern sense is "commuting"), giving an implied image of being used as a messenger, which doesn't quite fit the context. (Grammar issue: I do not understand what's going on in the final verb, which has inflections my grammar books say shouldn't go together -- I translate it as if it were muyubekarunari, with a -nari of assertion, but I'm not confident enough of this reading to actually emend the text.) (oops)

kumoi ni mo
kayou kokoro no
wakaru to hito ni



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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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