Ono no Komachi
Ono no Komachi Poems
- I Long For Him Most I long for him most during these long ...
- In This World In this world the living grow fewer, the ...
- The Colour Of This Flower The colour of this flower Has ...
- In Reality In reality You must do it, I suppose; But even ...
- Was I Lost Was I lost in thoughts of love When I closed my ...
- Upon The Path Of Dreams Upon the path of dreams My feet ...
- When My Desire When my desire grows too fierce I wear my ...
Ono no Komachi (c. 825—c. 900) was a famous Japanese waka poet, one of the Rokkasen—the Six best Waka poets of the early Heian period. She was noted as a rare beauty; Komachi is a symbol of a beautiful woman in Japan. She is also numbered as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals.
Komachi sometimes features in later period literature, including five Noh plays: Sotoba Komachi, Sekidera ... more »
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I Long For Him Most
I long for him most
during these long moonless nights.
I lie awake, hot,
the growing fires of passion
bursting in my heart.
Another translation by Kenneth Rexroth:
You do not come
On this moonless night.
I wake wanting you.
My breasts heave and blaze.
My heart burns up.
I would meet him
But there's no way, so on this moonless night
From my yearning the embers of my love
Send sparks leaping in my breast,
Setting my heart aflame.