Station 40, Chiriu: the Poet Ariwara no Narihira at Eight Bridges by Debora Greger

What is sky but water, more water,
crossed by eight bridges?
Is the ancient poet in a rush to reach land?

No, he’s already one of the Six Immortals.
How long before the papery iris-petals
he admires wrinkle? They barely grow beards.

In a thousand years, pilgrims will come.
They will stand where he stood. Where, they will ask,
are the flowers that empurpled his poem?

From: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/station-40-chiriu-poet-ariwara-no-narihira-eight-bridges

Date: 2014

By: Debora Greger (1949- )

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