‘In the mountain depths…’ by Sarumaru no Taifu


Deer and Japanese Cypress, Ishida Yūtei

Translated by Clay MacCauley

In the mountain depths,
Treading through the crimson leaves,
The wandering stag calls.
When I hear the lonely cry,
Sad–how sad!–the autumn is.

About the Author:

Sarumaru no Taifu, also known as Sarumaru no Dayū, was a waka poet in the early Heian period of Japan.