Winds Of Autumn

Even in a person
most times indifferent
to things around him
they waken feelings
the first winds of autumn

by Saigyo

Comments (4)

Interesting depth and personification, layer upon layer in so few lines.
Saigyo’s poetry is characterized by sudden and unexpected insight. Here's the Buddhist attitude of discovering profound meaning in a single moment. This poem is very close to the following Saigyo's waka: Even a person free of passion would be moved to sadness— autumn evening in a marsh where snipes fly up.
here, too, with a little modification, the syllabic pattern in the translation of this tanka would be respected [= 5 6 5 5 6, and not 6 6 5 5 6 syllables] Still in a person most times indifferent to things around him they waken feelings the first winds of autumn
the buddhist monk Saigyo is not completely ''Zen-focused'' here.. A great Poet!