Meeting in a Dream by Ōtomo no Yakamochi

Meeting in a dream
Is a cruel way to meet:
For you wake,
Suddenly groping, but nothing
Is there for your hand to touch.

From: Cranston, Edwin A. (ed. and transl.) The Gem-Glistening Cup: A Waka Anthology, 1993, Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, p. 441.

Date: c740 (original in Japanese); 1993 (translation in English)

By: Ōtomo no Yakamochi (c718-785)

Translated by: Edwin Augustus Cranston (1932- )

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