Sadakichi Hartmann

(1867-1944 / Dejima, Nagasaki / Japan)

Sadakichi Hartmann Poems

1. Tanka 3/8/2014

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Winter? Spring? Who knows?
White buds from the plumtrees wing
And mingle with the snows.
No blue skies these flowers bring,
Yet their fragrance augurs Spring.

Oh, were the white waves,
Far on the glimmering sea
That the moonshine laves,
Dream flowers drifting to me,—
I would cull them, love, for thee.

Moon, somnolent, white,
Mirrored in a waveless sea,
What fickle mood of night
Urged thee from heaven to flee
And live in the dawnlit sea?

Like mist on the leas,
Fall gently, oh rain of Spring
On the orange trees ...

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