Diego del Alcázar Benjumea – The returning waves


Diego del Alcázar Benjumea – IE Vicepresident.


The returning waves from The Tales of Ise, a collection of Japanese folk tales, 10th century.

Once upon a time, a man who, due to various circumstances, found himself in a difficult situation in the capital left for the eastern provinces. When he arrived to the shore separating the provinces of Ise and Owari he contemplated the white foam of the waves and composed this poem:

Much as it hurts me
Each step distances me
From that which I most love,
How I envy the waves,
Which as they arrive are already returning.