I wish the autumn flowers would resemble the author's name
January 12, 2012 11:27 AM Subscribe
Obscure Poetry Filter: Help me solve a mystery I've been considering for the last eight years. I need help to identify this poem that I got out of a random library book in college. It's definitely a Japanese or Chinese male author, and I'm pretty sure it came from the 1960's (the book was an anthology of Japanese and Chinese poetry from the 50's-70's, though the memory of the exact decades are a bit sketchy).
posted by guster4lovers to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've googled it several times over the last few years, but haven't found much. I do think it's a translation, which could make it more difficult to find, given the complexity and discrepancies of translation between languages.
Here's the whole poem:
Not knowing love,
I sought beauty in God
Now I see the beauty of heaven
And the beauty of earth
When beholding the rainbow
I think back on the things I have lost
And the things I couldn't get
Go then, if you will
Your youth will be spent alone
In a cold dark place
And you'll remember with sadness
The sunshine of spring
Upon our parting
I had not walked thirty steps
Down the meadow path
When the autumn flowers
Began to resemble your face
Which I will never see again
If it matters, I found it in a book in the library at Seattle Pacific University. I no longer live in Seattle, and I haven't had much luck searching the SPU online catalog to see if one of the entries seems right.
One day, I was re-shelving this book, it fell open to this poem, and I jotted it down quickly without noting the book or the author or even the title. Dumb.
So Hive Mind, can you help?