Friday, November 11, 2011

Twenty-Six




ていしんこう

をぐらやま
みねのもみじば
こころあらば

いまひとたびの
みゆきまたなん



26

Teishin Ko (Fujiwara no Tadahira)

If the maple leaves
On the ridge of Ogura
Have the gift of mind,

They will longingly await
One more august pilgrimage.





26

As I pass by,
I touch the boles:
Hemlock, fir,

spruce, alder,
maple, cedar,
madrone, yew,

bright myrtle –
and you not here
to touch them.




Notes

Mount Ogura is inland to the west of Tokyo. It was famous for its fall foliage. The retired Emperor asked the poet to invite his son, the current Emperor to view the scenery there, and the poem was the result.

Hokusai simply depicts the moment of the invitation (presumably the first recitation of the poem), with some exemplary fall foliage as part of the backdrop.

Risa remembers walking through the woods in a particularly lovely place on the North Fork of Middle Fork of the Willamette River, and wishing her love could be there to experience it with her.


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