Saturday, 19 September 2015

Saigyō 5 Tanka translations

on this peak
between the lull of storms
my only companions
are the loneliness of retreat
and the sound of water

after my death
through the pines
through infinity
no one will mourn these ruins
no one will follow my footsteps

through my door
comes no one -
this lonely
mountain village
where i live in desolation  

empty cicada husk
this body sighs
in vain -
my love bound
in hopelessness

all alone
in this rocky ravine
far from the town
- where no one can see me
I surrender to grief

(original translations)

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