You never touch
this soft skin
surging with hot blood.
Are you not bored
expounding the Way?

-Yosano Akiko


Let poems bear witness
who dare deny
the flower of the field,
its color red?
How moving!
Girl with sins in spring!

-Yosanao Akiko


Spring is short;
why ever should it
be thought immortal?
I grope for
my full breast
with my hands.

-Yosano Akiko


I'll cut a piece out of this
interminable winter night
and wind it in coils beneath these bedcovers,
warm and fragrant as the spring breeze,
coil by coil to unwind it
the night my lover returns.

-Hwang Chin-i


I dreamt I held
a sword against
my flesh.
What does it mean?
It means I shall see you soon.

-Lady Kasa

I can give myself to her
in her dreams,
whispering
her own poems
in her ear as
she sleeps beside me.

-Yosano Akiko

The blue rapid runs through green gorge,
boast not dear, how sleekly you flee.
You'll never come back again
once you reach far into the sea.
Full moon shines upon us so fresh
relax awhile, play with me.

-Hwang Chin-i

To punish men
for their endless sins,
god gave me
this fair skin,
this long black hair.

-Yosano Akiko

Tears in your eyes
You ask for sympathy.
I look at the waning
moon reflected
on the lonely lake.

-Yosano Akiko

Will he always love me?
I cannot read his heart.
This morning
my thoughts
are as tangled
as my black hair.

-Lady Horikawa


I was sure I would never get lost
in the tangled roads of love.
Now I have been caught
in the karma of past lives.

-Kenrei mon-in Ukyo no Daibu