No. 11 An Exile's Farewell

9th century. Sangi is a title: “Privy Councillor.” Also a scholar, Takamura, through some perceived disrespect to the Emperor, was banished to the Oki islands. They are now a geo-park. The poem was meant as a farewell to his friends, though no one was there to see him off.

An Exile’s Farewell

O’er the wide, wide sea,  
  Towards its many distant isles,  
  Rowing I set forth.  
 This, to all the world proclaim,  
  O ye boats of fisher-folk!

Sangi Takamura (Ono no Takamura)

  Yasoshima kakete  
Kogi-idenu to  
  Hito ni wa tsuge-yo  
  Ama no tsuri-bune.

About this poetry

At Salty Dog Digital we’ve decided to gradually republish Clay MacCauley’s translation of Single Songs of a Hundred Poets – a collection of japanese poetry from the seventh through thirteenth centuries. Sixty four of these poems are the rewards in our game fourtex zen.

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