Watching Rain – Brief poems by Ono no Komachi | Brief Poems

Aki no yo mo
na nomi narikeri
au to ieba
koto zo to mo naku
akenuru mono o

– Ono no Komachi

The autumn night
is long only in name –
We’ve done no more
than gaze at each other
and it’s already dawn.

Translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Arantani

Ono no Komachi (小野 小町, c. 825 – c. 900) was a Japanese waka (now known as tanka) poet. Very little is known of her life other than a broad date of birth and that she was active in the mid-9th century . . .

Source: Watching Rain – Brief poems by Ono no Komachi | Brief Poems

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    • February 16th, 2021

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