Sunday, August 24, 2014

Poems of the Week

suzushisa wa
mizu yori fukashi
aki no sora

Ah, for coolness,
 it rivals the water's depth -
this autumn sky.

Hito wo yume to ya
sumi suteshi,
sono wa kochou no
yadori nite

That man's life is but a dream -
is what we now come to know.

Its house abandoned,
the garden has become home
    to butterflies.
 Poems by Monk Sogi (1401-1452)
 Translation by Steven D. Carter

HT: Classical Japanese 
Photo: The Intertwine 

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