KKS III: 143

Composed on hearing the first cuckoo of the year.

郭公はつこゑきけばあぢきなくぬしさだまらぬこひせらるはた

Fototogisu
Fatsukowe kikeba
adikinaku
nusi sadamaranu
koFiseraru Fata
The cuckoo’s
First call comes to me and,
Foolishly,
With no one in mind
I think of love.

The Monk Sosei (859-897)
素性法師

2 thoughts on “KKS III: 143”

  1. You translated these years ago, but I want to say thanks for doing this. Never expected to learn a little ancient Japanese, but now I will I guess lol

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