May the newest new, a tanka by Yakamochi (718 – 785) / translated by Cid Corman

May the newest new

year of the beginning of

the spring just begun

today like the falling snow

the more heap up our blessings.

Yakamochi

It helps to know that the Japanese until recently followed the lunar calendar; therefore the first day of the new year was also the first day of spring as snow slid into snow drops. ~ df

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