Poetry Month: [You can tell] (Saigyo)

You can tell

from the outline of the hills,

the way it’s hazed over—

from this morning on

we’ll have springtime dawns

– Saigyō, from Poems of a Mountain Home (trans. Burton Watson)

Yama no ha no kasumu keshiki ni shiruki kana
kesa yori ya saw a haru no akebono

trans note – Springtime dawns was said by Sei Shōnagon in the opening of her Pillow Book to be the most beautiful dawn ever

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