Ono no Komachi

(c. 825—c. 900) / Japan)

Ono no Komachi Poems

1. Atop This Crag 9/2/2010
2. Fisher Folk 9/2/2010
3. Without End 9/2/2010
4. In My Desolation 9/2/2010
5. Placing Burning Coals 9/2/2010
6. The Fisherfolk Live 9/2/2010
7. No Exchange Of Glances 9/2/2010
8. As I Dozed 9/2/2010
9. Feeling: 9/2/2010
10. Upon My Breast 9/2/2010
11. How Sad 9/2/2010
12. It's Over! 9/2/2010
13. How Hollow 9/2/2010
14. The Autumn Wind 9/2/2010
15. Was I Lost 9/2/2010
16. Visible Colours 9/2/2010
17. In This World 9/2/2010
18. Blossoms Blooming 9/2/2010
19. When My Desire 9/2/2010
20. In Reality 9/2/2010
21. Upon The Path Of Dreams 9/2/2010
22. The Colour Of This Flower 9/2/2010
23. I Long For Him Most 9/2/2010
Best Poem of Ono no Komachi

I Long For Him Most

I long for him most
during these long moonless nights.
I lie awake, hot,
the growing fires of passion
bursting in my heart.

Another translation by Kenneth Rexroth:

You do not come
On this moonless night.
I wake wanting you.
My breasts heave and blaze.
My heart burns up.

Another translation:

I would meet him
But there's no way, so on this moonless night
From my yearning the embers of my love
Send sparks leaping in my breast,
Setting my heart aflame.

Read the full of I Long For Him Most

Fisher Folk

Fisher folk live
In villages; where
I know not, yet
Constant complaints to see the shore
Are all he seems to say.

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