Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro

(662 - 710 / Japan)

Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro Poems

1. As A Mat Of Creepers 9/6/2010
2. As Autumn Mountains 9/6/2010
3. As In A Clear Glass 9/6/2010
4. At Fair Kumano 9/6/2010
5. At Karasaki In Shiga 9/6/2010
6. At Nakisawa 9/6/2010
7. At Sasanami 9/6/2010
8. Had You But A Wife 9/6/2010
9. Haniyasu 9/6/2010
10. Harvested Jewelled Seaweed 9/6/2010
11. Heaven's Clouds 9/6/2010
12. I Do Speak These Words, Though 9/6/2010
13. In Iwami 9/6/2010
14. Jewelled Robes 9/6/2010
15. From The Heights Of Tsuno Mountain 9/6/2010
16. Lamplit 9/6/2010
17. My Grey-Dappled Steed 9/6/2010
18. On His Approaching Death. 9/6/2010
19. On Leaving His Wife In Ihami (I) 9/6/2010
20. On Peak Cradled 9/6/2010
21. On The Death Of His Wife (Ii) 9/6/2010
22. On The Mount Of Kamo 9/6/2010
23. On The Sea Of The Heavens 9/6/2010
24. On The Sovereign's Visit To The Palace In Yoshinu 9/6/2010
25. Prince Karu's Retreat To Remember His Father 9/6/2010
26. So Many Times 9/6/2010
27. Tis Not Just Today 9/6/2010
28. To The Summer Fields 9/6/2010
29. Wavelets 9/6/2010
30. Jewelled Seaweed 9/6/2010
31. Lament For Prince Takechi 9/6/2010
32. By The Sea In Iwami 9/6/2010
33. At Awaji 9/6/2010
34. Of Inabi Field 9/6/2010
35. Eighty Warriors 9/6/2010
36. The Waves Against The Seashore 9/6/2010
37. To The Far-Reaching 9/6/2010
38. On Leaving His Wife In Ihami (Ii) 9/6/2010
39. From Uncountable Otsu. 9/6/2010
40. The Sea At Kehi 9/6/2010
Best Poem of Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro

On Seeing A Corpse On The Shore

On the sands of Sanuki's shore
folk gather fine seaweed,
and the eye never wearies of this fair land,
a divine land, most excellent, exalted.
Of Iyo's faces it's the one,
as our fathers always said,
for ever perfect—
as earth and sky,
and sun and moon.

And now from Naka's harbor
the ship is under weigh
and over sea I sail
blown by timely breeze towards
the cloudy margin of the sea.
Amid the waters I watch
the ever restless waves,
and on the shore-sands
hear the whitening breakers;
the whale-embracing sea
is vast and awe ...

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As A Mat Of Creepers

As a mat of creepers,
Is the sea at Iwami;
Amongst the mangled words of
Kara Point,
Upon the reefs
Grows the algae thickly;
On the rocky shoreline,
Grows the jeweled seaweed;
Soft as jeweled seaweed

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