Wikipedia Illustration of Fujiwara Teika

As the days grow longer, and nights shorter, the thoughts of poets everywhere wax euphoric on the advent of spring, or so I felt when I first came across the Tanka verses of Fujiwara Teika (1182-1241) – they are passionate, light-hearted and elaborate to boot.

Among his poems, the one below is a picturesque gem, which you may judge for yourself in scanning my transcreation of the original Japanese:

Brief night of springtide,
On which floats my bridge of dreams
Breaking off anon;
And into the sky a cloud
Takes leave of the mountainside.


Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2015


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