April 21, 2018

SANTŌKA: THREE POEMS


sakura sakura saku sakura chiru sakura


cherry tree
cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms scatter
cherry tree


narande takenoko take ni naritsutsu

side by side the bamboo shoots becoming bamboo



mata miru koto mo nai yama ga tōzakaru

the mountain I'll never see again
recedes


From Santōka: A translation with photographic images (PIE Books, 2006). Translated from the Japanese by Emiko Miyashita and Paul Watsky. Reproduced by kind permission.







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