waves

White clouds and whitecaps,
Both appear like foaming waves;
Oh, for fisherfolk—
Surely they can give me answer,
Which are the white waves of the sea?

Ki no Tsurayuki

wind

The wind may rise,
So do the waves, and so they fall
With the falling wind;
They must be loving comrades,
The blowing wind and ceaseless waves.

Ki no Tsurayuki

cherry trees

If in this world
There ever was a time when cherry trees
Failed in the blossoming,
Then the responsive hearts of men
Might answer to a tranquil spring.

Ariwara no Narihira

stream

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

Ariwara no Narihira