No. 17 Autumn At Tatta River

9th century. Narihira is known as one of the six best waka poets, and one of the thirty six poet immortals. His affair with Fujiwara no Takaiko, a consort to the Emperor was a big scandal, referred to in the Tales of Ise.

Autumn At Tatta River

I have never heard  
  That, e’en when the gods held sway
In the ancient days,  
  E’er was water bound with red
  Such as here in Tatta’s stream.

Ason Narihira

  Kami yo mo kikazu
Tatsuta gawa  
  Kara-kurenai ni
  Mizu kukuru to wa.

Ariwara no Narihira Ason  

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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