hana no iro wa

はなのいろは
うつりにけりな
いたづらに
わがみよにふる
ながめせしまに

Behold my flower:
its beauty wasted away
on idle concerns
that have kept me gazing out
as time coursed by with the rains.

~ono no komachi, 825

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3 responses to “hana no iro wa

  • Papa D

    I like it. Of course, a mission to Japan (so long ago that I’ve forgotten nearly all of my Japanese) helps my interest. *grin*

  • adam

    Hey you went to Japan too? Cool! I was in Hiroshima! The poem is classical Japanese, which is quite different in many respects (mostly grammar/sentence endings). I had a class a few years ago and after an intense semester I was able to understand *some* of it with the help of a dictionary.

  • Papa D

    Sapporo – the “Land of the Frozen Chosen”

    The winter wimps went to other missions – excluding Sendai.

    I took third year Japanese class as a freshman, but it wasn’t a good fit. The focus was on research, so I spoke the language FAR better than the other students but read and wrote it FAR worse. I wasted class every session listening to Juniors and Grad Students butcher the spoken language and couldn’t keep up with the research-oriented homework. It almost made me wish I had attended BYU. *grin*

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