“The Lower Leaves of the Trees” by Sone No Yoshitada (Favorite Poem Project)


I’m Kiyoshi Houston. I have three middle names: “” and I’m a student at Lincoln Middle
School. Next year I’ll be starting high school.
I’m in eighth grade. I have one baby sister. My mom and her boyfriend Andre. She said she’s been reading to me since
I was even in her uterus playing music,
reading books to me so it was once again one of the poems that she read to me like before bed or sitting on a couch
or I’ll be working on my homework and then I’ll finish and she “Hey let’s read some poems.” This is an untitled tonka by Sone No Yoshitada. Translated by
Kenneth Rexroth. The lower leaves of the trees / Tangle the sunset in dusk. / Awe spreads with /
The summer twilight. (speaking Japanese)
ひくれればしたば /
こぐらこのもとのもの /
おしょろしきなつもゆうぐれ I love watching the sunset
on the beach cause we live right next to the beach and I
can just walk out there some nights and watch it or we’ll be driving and I’ll look out the
window and there’s alway like a purple or orange or some wonderful combination of colors that like sets me in awe.
In the poem the use the word awe. But um… And also when my mom was little and in turn she told me this… my grandpa
Houston he told my mom that when at sunset when it comes the angels are baking cookies for you and that
our ancestors that his father and his father and so on were all baking cookies when the sunset comes. So thats always kind of a tieback and it makes me think about the people that must of lived before me and given birth to who I am and to me. The lower leaves of the trees Tangle the sunset in dusk. Awe spreads with
The summer twilight. (speaking Japanese) The “Favorite Poem Project” is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts. Fostering America’s creativity and investing in our living cultural
heritage. Additional funding has been provided by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation and by the
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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