Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Twenty-Two




ふんやのやすひで

ふくからに
あきのくさきの
しをるれば

むべやまかぜを
あらしというらん



22

Bunya no Yasuhide

Since 'tis by its breath
Autumn's leaves of grass and trees
Riven are and waste –

Men may to the mountain wind
Fitly given the name, "The Wild."




22

You must know
the mountain wind
comes to me —

speaking your
wild thoughts.




Notes

There is almost no information on the life of Yasuhide; he is however listed among the Six and Thirty-Six exemplary poets. Hokusai's image, unfinished, depicts the winds interrupting a mountaintop festival.

Risa remembers a love whose thoughts and actions ranged wide and unpredictably, like a mountain wind.


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