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Wave

A rather complicated poem this one: puru ‘wave’ is also part of puru yama ‘Mt Furu’, which was renowned for its ancient, walled shrine. Puru can also be taken to mean ‘old’, setting up an association with the later reference to the shrine.

MYS VII: 1068

Composed on the heavens.

天の海に雲の波立ち月の舟星の林に漕ぎ隱る見ゆ

amë nö umi
kumo nö nami tati
tukï nö pune
posi nö payasi ni
kögi kömoru miyu
On the sea of the heavens
Waves of cloud arise,
The moon-a boat-
Amongst a forest of stars
Rows on, hidden, or so it seems.

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