Category Archives: Japanese Poets

Poem – First Winter Rain 

First winter rain  Even the monkey Seems to want a rain coat. Advertisements

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On New Year’s Day – Natsume Soseki

On New Year’s Day I long to meet my parents As they were before my birth.

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The Lamp Once Out – Natsume Soseki

The Lamp Once Out Cool stars enter The window frame.

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Watch Birth and Death – Natsume Soseki

Watch birth and death  The lotus has already  Opened its flower.

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A Sake Barrel – Ihara Saikaku 

A sake barrel, Born without hands, makes merry — Cherry blossom time. 

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Shinkokinshu – Fujiwara Shunzei 

As evening falls,  From along the moors the autumn wind  Blows chill into the heart;  And the quails raise their plaintive cry  In the deep grass of Fukakusa village. 

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At Night – Yone Noguchi 

At night the Universe grows lean, sober- faced, of intoxication, The shadow of the half-sphere curtains down closely against my world, like a  doorless cage, and the stillness chained by wrinkled darkness strains throughout the Uni- verse to be free.  … Continue reading

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