Posts tagged ‘1000’

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

[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.

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

By: Akazome Emon (c950-c1041)

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

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Although the Wind… by Izumi Shikibu

Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.


Date: c1000 (original in Japanese); 1990 (translation in English)

By: Izumi Shikibu (974-1034)

Translated by: Jane Hirshfield (1953- )