Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Untitled poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

[text in Japanese]

[Kenneth Rexroth's transliteration of the Japanese text]

Ie ni kite
Waga ya wo mireba
Tama doko no
Hoka ni mukikeri
Imo ga ko makura

[English translation by Kenneth Rexroth]

I sit at home
In our room
By our bed
Gazing at your pillow.

Source of the text - Kenneth Rexroth, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese New York: New Directions Books, 1964, p. 27.

TJB: Pillow talk. In this poem that implies a narrative of mourning, each line describes a more specific, more fraught place. Great use of your.

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