Akiko Yosano; Wikimedia Commons

The feminist poet Akiko Yosano wrote thousands of poems and translated Japanese classics into modern Japanese. Her social commentary (As a Human and as a Woman;  Going through Turbulent Times) promoted female education and was critical of growing Japanese militarism.

Full of water                                

A worn out boat                           

Reflects the white sky                  

Of early autumn.                          


Swifter than hail

Lighter than a feather,

A vague sorrow

Crossed my mind.