~~~Night 23 ( http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon
"If I long should live
Then, perchance, the present days
May be dead to me;-
Just as past time fraught with grief
Now comes fondly back in thought." - Fujiwara no Kiyosuke Ason (1104 - 1177), Governor of the Nagato province. This poem is a simple reflection on aging and how memories seem to only grow fonder...even if they were sour. To quote the book I got this poem from "does this poem say that 'time heals all wounds? Or is he saying that his present is so bad that it makes even an unhappy past look good?".
Mata konogoro ya
Ushi to mishi yo zo
Ima wa koishiki." - Japanese version
Here is a separate bonus poem to make up for the many days I have been delays due to my life. Thank you for your patience and feedback.
"Life! Thou string of gems!
If thou art to end, break now.
For, if yet I live,
All I do to hide my love
May at last grow weak and fail." - Shikishi Naishinno (1150-1201) More on her at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Shikishi
Source: Hokusai - One Hundred Poets