Tanka Translation 64: Azumi Tai

64 Azumi Tai(田井安雲)

情欲は人を神より離すとぞ革命は情欲のうちに入るや

jyôyoku wa hito o kami yori hanasu tozo kakumei wa jyôyoku no uchi ni hairu ya

it is said that

lust makes a human away from God

is a revolution

included in lust?

 

ダマスコののちのパウロが経ていたることばのあらぬ荒野(あれの)の日々や

damasuko no nochi no pauro ga hete itaru kotoba no aranu areno no hibi ya

after leaving Damascus

Paul spent time

in the wasteland

his days without words

 

素のからだよこたわるときかなしかるからだはありつくらやみにして

su no karada yokotawaru toki kanashikaru krada wa aritsu kurayami ni shite

when one is oneself and lies down

one’s body is depressing

one still has a body

but it is the darkness

 

from “Gendai Tanka No Kansho 101” (Appreciation of Contemporary Tanka 101) edited by Ken Kodaka, Shinshokan, 1999, Tokyo, Japan

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