Sunday, September 7, 2008

September Walk

Two classic poems, from the Japanese ~ ~~


In my well bucket
A morning glory --
I borrow water

(Lady Chiyo-Jo 1703-1775)

Please wait
For the light of the moon --
The mountain path is covered
With fallen chestnuts


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Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Vicki, Chinese poetry was one of my very first loves, and I remember using a woman poet named Li Ching Chao in a paper on Oriental Art when I was in college. Rexroth was the translator, but of course Pound's "transformations" are wonderful, part of the canon of English lang. poetry. I recall a contemp. Chinese poet/translator talking about the "emotional weight" of an image. It's something I've always remembered.

Vicki Lane said...

I have two books of translations by Rexroth - one of Chinese poetry -- one of Japanese. I've had them almost fifty years -- I'm always going back to them.