A lunar cycle of poems project - night 22
- ~~~Night 22 ( http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon ) ~~~
"O ye Winds of Heaven!
In the paths among the clouds
Blow, and close the ways,
That we may these virgin forms
Yet a little while detain." - Yoshimine no Munesada, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henjo )
Kumo no kayoiji
Otome no sugata
Shibashi todomen." - Japanese vesion
This poem was written while he was a courtier to the court. During the 11th month of the year there was a festival celebrated known as 'Toyo no Akari no Sechie', also known as 'Niiame Matsuri'. As a part of this celebration the unmarried young women of various noble households would perform a dance. During this festival the Emperor was also presented with gifts of rice.
In this poem he compares the dancing girls to angels and does not want them to leave.
Also check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyakunin_Isshu