Friday, February 21, 2014


Two Poems by Tabito

Ōtomo no Tabito (665-731), translated by Paula Doe in A Warbler's Song in the Dusk: The Life and Work of Ōtomo Yakamochi (718-785) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982), p. 34:
Instead of useless pondering,
Better to drink a cup
Of cheap wine.
Id., p. 36:
All who live
Die in the end—
So while we're in this world
Let's make merry.

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