Monday, July 01, 2019


If I Had Known

Anonymous, in The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse. Translated and with Introductions by Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite, rev. ed. (London: Penguin Books, 2009), p. 76 (from the Kokinshū collection):
If I had known
That old age would call,
I'd have shut my gate,
Replied 'Not at home!'
And refused to meet him.

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