Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro Poems
- On The Death Of His Wife (I) By the Karu road, under the ...
- On Seeing A Corpse On The Shor... On the sands of Sanuki's ...
- From Uncountable Otsu. From uncountable Ôtsu, she came ...
- On This Autumn Mountain On this autumn mountain Tumbling ...
- As A Mat Of Creepers As a mat of creepers, Is the sea at ...
- Jewelled Robes Jewelled robes Rustling deep within, And in ...
- On The Sea At Omi On the sea at Ômi, Plovers fly the waves ...
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (c. 662 - 710) was a Japanese poet and aristocrat of the late Asuka period. He was the most prominent of the poets included in the Man'yōshū, and was particularly represented in volumes 1 and 2. In Japan, he is considered one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. After the Heian period he was often called "Hito-maru"
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On The Death Of His Wife (I)
By the Karu road,
under the mallard’s flyway,
my love, my sister,
lived in her small town,
and deep desire
to see her filled my soul.
But people all around with curious eyes
prevented constant visits,
and few private meetings
were granted us.
Yet I always trusted
the way would be clear,
though endless as the wild vine,
at last to meet my dear,
like a hopeful sailor
trusting on his tall ship.
while our ways of love we still kept secret,
secret as pool ...