10th century. The author held the position of “Minister of the Left” of Kawara, a part of Tokyo. Michinoku prints are made using fern-like plants called shinobu.
A Lover’s Protest
Michinoku print Of shinobu’s tangled leaves! For whose sake have I, Like confused, begun to be? Only yours! I can not change! Minamoto Tōru (Kawara no Sadaijin) Michinoku no Shinobu mojizuri Dare yue ni Midare somenishi Ware naranakuni.
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.