the light filling the air
is so mild this spring day
only the cherry blossoms
keep falling in haste --
why is that so?
Back Cover Tanka, Ribbons, 8:1, Spring/Summer 2012
Ki no Tomonori
Translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch
Chinese Translation (Traditional)
Chinese Translation (Simplified)
Ki no Tomonori (c. 850 – c. 904) was an early Heian waka poet of the court. He was a compiler of the Kokin Wakashū (Collection of Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times), and several of his poems were included in this anthology.