No. 19 A Lover's Reproach

9th century. The writer, the Lady of Ise, was the daughter of the governor of Ise, on Honshu, and the mother of a Prince, and a scholar in her own right.

A Lover’s Reproach

Even for a space,  
  Short as joint of tiny reed  
From Naniwa’s marsh,  
  We must never meet again  
  In this life? This, do you ask?

Lady of Ise

  Mijikaki ashi no  
Fushi no ma mo  
  Awade kono yo wo  
  Sugushite yo to ya.


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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