Late 9th or early 10th century. Prince Motoyoshi was son of Yōzei (poem no. 13). The Prince has been caught having a forbidden intimate relationship, and this poem expresses his despair of the situation. Bay of Naniwa means Bay of the Swift Waves.
Resolve In Despair
Now, in dire distress, It is all the same to me! So, then, let us meet Even though it costs my life In the Bay of Naniwa. Prince Motoyoshi Wabinureba Ima hata onaji Naniwa naru Mi wo tsukushite mo Awanu to zo omou. Motoyoshi Shinnō
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.