Laments by Fujiwara no Shunzei

How is it that ducks
are able to stay afloat
out on the water,
while I feel myself sinking
even here on the land?

From: Carter, Steven D. (ed. and transl.), Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology, 1991, Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, p. 150.

Date: c1188 (original in Japanese); 1991 (translation in English)

By: Fujiwara no Shunzei (1114-1204)

Translated by: Steven D. Carter (19??- )

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