No.16 Promise at Parting

9th century. Yukihira Ason was the brother of Narihira Ason (poem 17). 

Promise At Parting

Though we parted be;  
  If on Mount Inaba’s peak  
I should hear the sound  
  Of the pine-trees growing there,  
  Back at once I’ll make my way.

Ariwara no Yukihira Ason

Tachi wakare  
  Inaba no yama no  
Mine ni ofuru  
  Matsu to shi kikaba  
  Ima kaeri-kon.

Chūnagon Yukihira  

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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