The Coming of Spring

The coming of spring
Get up, slugabed! Melt off
This melancholy.
We head out on pilgrimage
Our friends are ready to go.
Sugawara no Tokihira

Liner notes:

This poem was written as a competition for the SCA official Facebook page. The goal was to write a poem of 20 lines or less with the theme “Spring is coming.” “Slugabed,” “melting off,” and “melancholy” are translations of some of the traditional seasonal words used in Japanese poetry to denote early spring, and I have intertwined them in a single concept that incorporates that imagery. Spring is also a time of pilgrimage, as nobles went to various shrines and offered devotions. Adding to this, I included the idea that we as SCAdians go on similar pilgrimages in the form of events with groups of friends.

The form is waka, Japanese in origin with a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern of syllables.  Composed 11th day of 12th month, AS XLVII (February 20th 2013).  I hope to have a photo of the poem done in calligraphy in a future update.


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