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The hue of the cherry
fades too quickly from sight
all for nothing
this body of mine grows old --...
- Ono no Komachi
We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go
Always a little further: it may be
Beyond that last blue ...
- James Elroy Flecker
Lightly forsaking
The spring mist as it rises,
The wild geese are setting off.
Have they learned ...
- Lady Ise
I have always known
That at last I would
Take this road, but yesterday
I did not know that it ...
- Ariwara no Narihira
Press my breasts,
Part the veil of mystery,
A flower blooms there,
Crimson and fragrant....
- Akiko Yosano
That pretty girl--
munching and rustling
the wrapped-up rice cake....
- Kobayashi Issa
Awake at night--
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold....
- Matsuo Basho
The dragonfly
can't quite land
on that blade of grass....
- Matsuo Basho
A flower of waves
Blossoms in the distance
And ripples shoreward
As though a breeze
Had quickene...
- Lady Ise
Now I understand!
When to remember me
She vowed,
She said she would forget me,
But kindly!...
- Saigyo Hoshi
How can I vanish
Before meeting someone
Like a water bubble
Ceaselessly flowing
On a stream of t...
- Lady Ise
Is this not that moon?
And Spring: is as the Spring of old
Is it not?
Only this body of mine
Is ...
- Ariwara no Narihira
Coolness--
the sound of the bell
as it leaves the bell....
- Yosa Buson
A bee
staggers out
of the peony....
- Matsuo Basho
The moon, alone,
Taunts me from the heavens
With memories of you;
Should you feel the same, then
...
- Saigyo Hoshi
Slopes
of Mount Kugami—
in the mountain's shade
a hut beneath the trees—
how many years
it'...
- Ryokan Taigu
Moonlight slanting
through the bamboo grove;
a cuckoo crying....
- Matsuo Basho
In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers....
- Kobayashi Issa
 
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