koi in the rain
While in San Diego, I took a contemplative stroll thru the Japanese Tea Garden. The rain made for nice company.
I no longer think of reality
So no reason then to think of dreams
-Saigyo, poet-monk, (1118-1190)
Gentle foothills, and
in the dew drops of the mountains,
soaked, I waited for you--
grew wet from standing there
in the dew drops of the mountains.
-Prince Otsu (663-86)
A thousand strands
of glistening deep black hair
like my dreams of you.
-Yosano Akiko (1878 - 1942)
Looking at the willows,
one ends up forgetting them
Yesterday felt like a thousand years ago,
at the same time
I feel your hands still on my shoulders.
-Yamamura Bocho (20th c)