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Poem - Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) #6

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) is a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred waka-poems by one hundred poets in the thirteenth century. My challenge is to translate the poems and write a return poem (返歌) in English. 

The Sixth Poem:


A magpie crossing the galaxy
like an ancient story of the bridge,
frost covers it;
deeply white,
time passes after midnight.
--Chunagon Yakamochi
--Translated by Naoko Fujimoto

A poem written in response from me to Chunagon Yakamochi

My toe is frost bitten,
foot prints left on the hill
when I cross the bridge 
to your warm room,
don’t let the lamp go out.
**Note: Chunagon Yakamochi referenced an ancient love story in China in his poem. A woman and man could meet once a year over the Milky Way on July 7th. 

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…