‘The City’ – C.P. Cavafy

ONLY THIS You said:  “I’ll go to some other land, I’ll go to some other sea There’s bound to be another city that’s better by far. My every effort has been ill-fated from the start; my heart-like something dead-lies buried away; How long will my mind endure this slow decay? Wherever I look, wherever I […]

“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” 

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today To-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he’s a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he’s to setting. That age is best which is the first, When youth […]

Princess Shikishi Poem – 式子内親王の詩

今日はこの詩を見つかりました。本当に本当にきれいだと思いました。そしてこのブログで付けて、忘れないようにしました。Winter Becoming Spring1In spring toowhat first stands out —Mount Otowa —from the snow at its peakthe rays of the sun appear.2Here deep in the hills,my pine door would never knowthat springtime had come —but for a broken trickleof jewels of melted snow.3Though warblers have not called,in the sound of cascadespouring down rocksspring is heard.Spring4With spring […]

The Expatriate

I am, therefore I think. I think I have grown tired of these walls, so I walk out on the veranda to a fresh view. The walls are gone.  My perspective has changed.  My protection shed. The hair on my body dances from the breath of the gentle breeze. I did not know they could dance. I see the sun […]