Three Poems to Mark the Passing of The Old Year

Yoshitoshi Ariwara Narihira

Yoshitoshi Ariwara Narihira (Photo credit: timtak)

A mountain temple —

Evening and the sunset bell,
whose every voicing
vibrates with a message sad to hear:
“Today, too, is over, dusk has come.”
–Wakan roeishin #585

I have always known
that at last I would take this road, but yesterday
I did not know that it would be today.
–by Ariwara no Norihira

Say I’m out
Say no one’s here
In five hundred million years
I’ll come home.
–by Takahashi Shinkichi


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