The Nacreous Oughts

18 May 2008

In the Autumn mountains
the colored leaves are falling.
If I could hold them back
I could still see her.

Kakinomoto Hitomaro (Rexroth tr)

Here in the mountains
of Autumn the rufous leaves
have started to fall.
If i could only hold them
back--i could see her again.

--my tr.

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