Yamabe no Akahito

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Yamabe no Akahito (700 - 736) was a poet of the Nara period in Japan. The Man'yōshū, an ancient anthology, contains 13 choka ('long poems') and 37 tanka ('short poems') of his. Many of his poems were composed during journeys with Emperor Shōmu between 724 and 736. Yamabe is regarded as one of the kami of poetry, and is called Waka N ...
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1.
The Sturdy Men
The sturdy men
Leave for the hunt;
The maidens
Trail the hems of scarlet skirts
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2.
On The Islands Off The Coast
On the islands off the coast,
The jewelled weeds on their rocky shores
With the rising tide
Is slowly hidden, then
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3.
Heaven And Earth
Heaven and earth:
Since the time they parted,
Of manifest divinity,
Reaching the heights of awe,
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4.
All-Knowing, (The Eternal Palace)
All-knowing,
My great lord:
From the eternal palace,
Wherein we serve,
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5.
Lily-Seed
When lily-seed dark
Night has fallen,
By the red-oak growing
Along the clear river's edge
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Dave Lund 23 April 2013
I like To the fields in spring time though I prefer the transaltion done by Steven Carter in his book Traditional Japanese Poetry - An anthology as the language he uses in more suggestive. That said, I don't know which is a truer representation of the original.
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