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) Wada-no-hara 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.