Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tanka for Today

One in English:
Have you had a day
When nothing went right at all,
And yet in the end
Everything worked out better
Than it probably would have?

One in Japanese:
あの百合は
突然死んだ
その後出た
不思議雑草
もっと綺麗だ

ano yuri ha
totsuzen shinda
sono go deta
fushigi zassou
motto kirei da

Translation:
That lily
Died suddenly.
The strange weeds
That came later
Are more beautiful.

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9 Comments:

  • Almost ironic....but not quite...

    I had a day, Friday, where nothing went right and in the end everything went wrong. As dear old Dad used to say, I was "screwed, glued, and tattooed".

    Tanka very much!

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 10:03 PM  

  • Ah, that was fun to read in Japanese (not the characters, I mean, the Latin letters!)

    By Blogger Olivia, at 2:11 AM  

  • Oh, forgot to mention, today I was watching the Nat Geo channel's "How It Works" and I saw a Samurai sword made - takes 3 weeks, and thousands of folds in the metal block that is hammered into the blade.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 2:13 AM  

  • Have you had a pickle
    That was lumpy sweet and green,
    That sqeaks when you bite into it
    And it smiles and tells you
    How much it enjoyed being eaten?

    By Anonymous Goon, at 3:23 AM  

  • i like the one about the lilly. nice. and yes, it is strange how a weed can be more beautiful at times.

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 6:24 PM  

  • One man's weed is another man's rose.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 10:52 PM  

  • Hey man like I don't smoke roses!

    By Anonymous Some unwashed hippy, at 1:03 PM  

  • Hey, speak for yourself! You've obviously never tried prime Longbottom Leaf!

    By Anonymous Some hobbit, at 1:15 PM  

  • Beans beans,
    the musical fruit,
    the more you eat,
    the more you....

    Hey, beans aren't a fruit!

    AND they're GREEEEEEEEEEEN

    By Blogger DewKid, at 9:25 AM  

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