JISEI NO KU

 

Let them bloom or

let them die – it’s all the same:

cherry trees on mount Yoshino.

(Rekisen)

 

 

Bound homeward under

clear summer skies:

bird feathers, flowers.

(Keido)

 

 

Today I put on summer

clothes and journey

to a world I haven’t seen yet.

(Michikaze)

 

 

A short night

wakes me from a dream

that seemed so long.

(Yayu)

 

 

Clear sky,

the way I came by once

I now go back by.

(Gitoku)

 

 

I give my name back

as I step in

this Eden of flowers.

(Inseki)

 

 

Plum petals falling

I look up… the sky,

a clear crisp moon.

(Baiko)