KYS I: 48

Composed on being told of someone being delayed by the blossom in the mountains.


wono no e Fa
ko no moto nite ya
Faru o kagiranu
sakura nariseba
Would his axe handle
Beneath the trees
Rot away, I wonder,
Were in seasons other than spring
The cherries to bloom?

Ōnakatomi no Kin’naga (1071-1138)

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