Thursday, January 10, 2013

Forty-Eight



みなもとのしげゆき

かぜをいたみ
いわうつなみの
おのれのみ

くだけてものを
おもうころかな



48

Minamoto no Shigeyuki

Like a driven wave,
Dashed by fierce winds on a rock,
So it is, alas!

Crushed and all alone am I;
Thinking over what has been.




48

You offered me water
in a glass, and said:
you must go.

I did; or tried to —
how was I to know
I was but a tide,

going, but returning
the same way?



Notes

Minamoto no Shigeyuki, active in the late 900s C.E. was  poet of the court. He is one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals

There is no known Hokusai print or drawing extant for this poem. Here is a very dramatic one by Kuniyoshi.

Risa remembers an occasion on which love suddenly became complicated. It was over, though it took years to become evident.