[I Should Not Have Waited] by Akazome Emon

I should not have waited.
It would have been better
To have slept and dreamed,
Than to have watched night pass,
And this slow moon sink.

From: Rexroth, Kenneth, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese, 1964, New Directions: New York, p. 9.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=G8mYAA8CaSkC)

Date:  c1000 (original in Japanese); 1955 (translation in English)

By: Akazome Emon (c950-c1041)

Translated by: Kenneth Charles Marion Rexroth (1905-1982)

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