A lunar cycle of poems project - night 3
- ~~~Night 3, Hunter's Moon ( http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon ) ~~~
Reminder: This is a simple period poetry project. I wanted to share a number of the beautiful period Japanese poems I have in my many books. These poems are shared to inspire and encourage reflection. Poetry was vital to Japanese culture, and still is. To understand Japanese culture one needs to grasp the role of poems. The subjects are varied, all are period.
"Having met my love,
Afterwards my passion was,
When I measured it
With the feeling of the past,
As, if then, I had not loved." - By Atsutada (904 - 944ad). He was a Chunagon, an imperial counselor of the middle rank. What does this poem mean to you? This poem expresses the feelings between old lovers, who compare life before such love as colorless and bland. No doubt such a poem would make for a very tender gift between lovers.
Nochi no kokoro ni
Mukashi wa mono wo
Omowazari keri." - Japanese translation
This poem is featured in many books, however my source is 'Hokusai - One Hundred Poets'.