Yuyama Sangin Hyakuin was created by the three Japanese poets--Sogi, Shohaku, and Socho (1488). After visiting Minase and creating one epic renga, their next stop was Yuyama. They were basically on a road trip, stopping at a few temples along the way to create renga poems and party afterwards. True story.
While passing around the sake, and observing strict "ba" rules of renga session behavior, they penned this classic poem, considered one of their finest.
Since I haven't finished reading all of the poem's 100 verses I will share my favorite two "linked" verses so far - verse 11 and 12. I also admire verse 1, the all important opening verse, and share it as well.
Verses 11 & 12
Sōgi, Shohaku, Sōchō
Even in my remote village
I see snow has melted away
Without a trace. (Sōchō)
Would that in this world as well
the true path appear. (Sōgi)
yuki o mite.
yo ni koso michi wa
In my own words I think the poem may be saying this:
"After such a long, lonely Winter in this small remote village, we are delighted to find the snow melting away and revealing a path; this is a sign of the onset of Spring! However, in life great suffering could be avoided if only a true path to happiness were so easily understood."
So Sōchō and Sōgi spun off these two verses, the first expressing a joy felt by the onset of Spring, while the second ponders hopeless submission to a life of suffering.
Now, the opening verse (see below) was created by Shōhaku. He beautifully describes a scenic moment one might observe just prior to Spring as the sunshine has almost melted the ice and is already uncovering last year's Autumn leaves.
|Opening Verse 1||Poet:|
|English translation by:||Japanese|
|On the mountain path|
the leaves lie richly colored
under a thin snow.
Do you interpret these verses the same way I did? They are three of my favorites (today).
Please feel free to comment....