Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

The pheasant of the mountain
Tiring to the feet,
Spreads his tail feathers.
Through the long, long night
I sleep alone.

Ashibiki no
Yamadori no o no
Shidari o no
Naga nagashi yo wo
Hitori ka mo nemu


- translated by Kenneth Rexroth
from One Hundred Poems from the Japanese

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