Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hitomaro: a poem

I first read this several days ago, and now, every morning, I can't help but think of this poem.

Halting in front of it, I look
At the reflection which is in the depths
Of my clear mirror,
It gives me the impression of meeting
An unknown old gentleman

-- Hitomaro -- (c. 700 AD)
from The World's Best Poems
Mark van Doran and Garibaldi M. Lapolla, ed.

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