sensibility

Why is a heart
attached to cherry blossoms
still in this body
which, I thought,
had forsaken the world?

Saigyô

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force of nature

When the wind blows,
it proves transience —
the plantain leaves are torn;
is this the symbol of the world,
upon which men depend?

Saigyô

urge

I wish to die
in spring, beneath
the cherry blossoms,
while the springtime moon
is full.

Saigyo