Translation #42.


by #7. Robert Hass

Sabi is the color of the poem. It does not necessarily refer to the poem that describes a lonely scene. If a man goes to war wearing stout armor or to a party dressed up in gay clothes, and if this man happens to be an old man, there is something lonely about him. Sabi is something like that.

Original text:

(edit)Sabi is the color of a poem さびは句の色なり sabi wa ku no iro nari by #30 Matsuo Bashô.



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