Ono no Komachi

As certain as color
Passes from the petal,
Irrevocable as flesh
The gazing eye falls through the world.

Hana no iro wa
Utsuri ni keri na
Itaszura ni
Waga mi yo ni furu
Nagame seshi ma ni

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

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