An Autumn Dragonfly by Kawamoto Ryokuseki (秋の蜻蛉 / 河本緑石

Oh, an autumn dragonfly
by a mountain pass
lands on the tip of a blade of withered grass
There is a sorrow in the light of the mountain pass
Flitting here and there, the dragonfly
is a lonely thing
growing old in the mountain pass
Oh, the autumn dragonfly
is lonelier than a dream
fading into far-off reality
drifting away.

ああ、秋の蜻蛉は
まして山路のほとりの
すがれたる草葉の末にとまり
或は山路のあはれなる光の中に
往き來する蜻蛉は
淋しきもの
かかる古びたる山路にて
ああ、秋の蜻蛉は
夢よりも淋しく
消えゆく現實のかなたに
流れゆく。

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