Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Ah! the foot-drawn trail - Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

Ah! the foot-drawn trail
Of the mountain-pheasant's tail
Drooped like down-curved branch!--
Through this long, long-dragging night
Must I keep my couch alone?

Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (662 - 710) Japan
Translated by Clay MacCauley
Source: The English translation of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu from Hyakunin-Isshu (Single Songs of a Hundred Poets) and Nori no Hatsu-Ne (The Dominant Note of the Law) by Clay MacCauley, Kelly and Walsh, Ltd., 1917

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