Momiji wo shigemi
Imo wo motomemu
Yamamichi shirazu mo
Excessive leaves falling
I vainly seek lost love
Mountain pathway remains obscured
Anonymous poem from Manyoushuu… “A Thousand Leaves”
I don’t speak Japanese. I know a few words. And I can read a few characters. And… I can’t seem to leave well enough alone….
But… just seems to me a story may be hiding somewhere along this desolate mountain path….