A day with no autumn wind—
a day with no sake in my pot!
Matsuo Basho (1644-1194) First autumn morning:
The mirror I stare into
Shows my father’s face.
Kijo Murakami (1865-1938)
In the blue heavens, cold geese calling.
On the empty hills, leaves flying.
Monk Ryokan (1758-1831) In autumn paddies
I make myself a makeshift hut—
for a short stay:
and how cold are my sleeves
burdened so with beads of dew!
Emperor Tenji (626-671) When springtime arrives, breaking free of winter’s bonds,
birds that had been still come singing their melodies;
flowers that had not bloomed burst out into blossom;
yet the hills are too lush: we cannot enter and pick;
the growth is too dense: we cannot pick and behold.
When we gaze upon foliage in autumn hills,
we can pick the leaves, red and yellow, to admire.
As for the green ones—lamenting, we let them stay.
Green leaves must be regretted, but I choose the autumn hills!
Princess Nukada (7th Century)