sakura sakura saku sakura chiru sakura
cherry blossoms scatter
narande takenoko take ni naritsutsu
side by side the bamboo shoots becoming bamboo
mata miru koto mo nai yama ga tōzakaru
From Santōka: A translation with photographic images (PIE Books, 2006). Translated from the Japanese by Emiko Miyashita and Paul Watsky. Reproduced by kind permission.