My groom and friend came from afar.
I kiss your feet!
He drew his circle around me.
I kiss your hands!
We were four sisters, four sisters were we,
All four of us loved, but had different "becauses:"
One loved because father and mother told her to,
another loved because her lover was rich,
the hearts of kings and heroes,
In the feathergrass steppe
Sources lie buried,
The thirsty sun knows
Life isn't raspberries.
When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see the white walls of a house,
a small garden row of gillyflowers,
an autumn evening's pale sunlight
Ah, I am leaving Alexandria
and will not see it for a long time!
I will see Cyprus, dear to the Goddess,
I will see Tyre, Epheses and Smyrna,
Through tannic steam I catch a glimpse of Fuji:
Against a yellow sky volcanic gold
A saucer narrows nature very strangely,
In shallow ripples lovely to behold.
May dew and haze
I catch in taut canvases.
Stuffed in a costrel tight,
I'll take them home come light.
The sense of your bidding is unclear:
to pray, to curse, is it, to fight
you bid me, inscrutable genius?
The spring slackens, niggard, meager,