aura

This perfectly still
Spring day bathed in the soft light
From the vaulted sky,
Why do the cherry blossoms
So restlessly scatter down?

Ki no Tomonori

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cruelty of silence

Even the pathway
Has vanished beneath grass and leaves
At my neglected house,
Fallen to ruin with fruitless waiting
For my cruel lover to return.

Sōjō Henjō

spring moon

Come, just for today,
Let us lose ourselves in wandering
Deep in spring hills –
If darkness falls, how can we fail to find
A place to sleep beneath those blossoming
boughs?

Priest Sosei

tears

In the spring,
When a myriad birds chirp lustily,
All things of nature
Take on new life, while I alone
Move ever onward to old age.

Anonymous

heart

The color of the flowers faded,
While meaninglessly
I spent my days in the world
And the long rains were falling.

This night of no moon
There is no way to meet him.
I rise in longing –
My breast pounds, a leaping flame,
My heart is consumed in fire.

Ono no Komachi