No.15 Filial Love

9th Century. Emperor Kōkō reigned only 3 years but had 41 imperial sons and daughters.

Filial Love

It is for thy sake  
  That I seek the fields in spring,  
Gathering green herbs,  
  While my garment’s hanging sleeves  
  Are with falling snow beflecked.

Emperor Kōkō

Kimi ga tame  
  Haru no no ni idete  
Wakana tsumu  
  Waga koromode ni  
  Yuki wa furi-tsutsu.

Kōkō Tenno  

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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