I wish the mountaintop would flee the moon
And delay the darkening of its light.

Ariwara no Narihira


This perfectly still
Spring day bathed in the soft light
From the vaulted sky,
Why do the cherry blossoms
So restlessly scatter down?

Ki no Tomonori

cruelty of silence

Even the pathway
Has vanished beneath grass and leaves
At my neglected house,
Fallen to ruin with fruitless waiting
For my cruel lover to return.

Sōjō Henjō

spring moon

Come, just for today,
Let us lose ourselves in wandering
Deep in spring hills –
If darkness falls, how can we fail to find
A place to sleep beneath those blossoming

Priest Sosei


In the spring,
When a myriad birds chirp lustily,
All things of nature
Take on new life, while I alone
Move ever onward to old age.



The color of the flowers faded,
While meaninglessly
I spent my days in the world
And the long rains were falling.

This night of no moon
There is no way to meet him.
I rise in longing –
My breast pounds, a leaping flame,
My heart is consumed in fire.

Ono no Komachi