japonisme: t...i...m...e • (the calendars)

06 May 2011

t...i...m...e • (the calendars)




IN A DARK TIME

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood —
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.

What’s madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day’s on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall.
That place among the rocks — is it a cave,
Or winding path? The edge is what I have.

A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds,
a ragged moon,
And in broad day
the midnight come again!
A man goes far
to find out what he is —
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.

Dark, dark my light,
and darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill.
Which I is I?
A fallen man,
I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.
Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke, “In a Dark Time” from Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke. Copyright © 1963


1813
.久しぶりの顔もって来る燕哉
hisashiburi no kao motte kuru tsubame kana

arriving with faces that say
it's been a long time...
swallows


1821
.世が直る直るとむしもをどり哉
yo ga naoru naoru to mushi mo odori kana

"The world is better!
better!"
the insect dances too


1825
.鳴な虫直る時には世が直る
naku na mushi naoru toki ni wa yo ga naoru

don't sing, insects!
the world will get better
in its own time

1802
.よひ闇の一本榎なくかはづ
yoiyami no ippon enoki naku kawazu

darkening dusk--
in one nettle tree
singing frogs

Issa

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6 Comments:

Blogger Roland said...

Beautiful images, lovely post

07 May, 2011 23:49  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

many thanks, roland

08 May, 2011 06:31  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Wonderful & inspiring imagery. Thanks for sharing.

14 May, 2011 18:02  
Anonymous Jacob Russell said...

You continue to astonish & leave me wandering in a maze ment of wonder

I pass on links... hoping others will find here some... translation... of what I do

14 May, 2011 23:37  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

dominic -- thank you. i tried to respond to you last night when i posted your comment but blogger didn't seem to want to let me. i really appreciate your saying that.

15 May, 2011 09:37  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

jacob, i am fascinated by what your deconstruction of that word reveals of it. you're so kind & thank you.

15 May, 2011 09:39  

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