Autumn II: 14



aware kana
ochi no yamada ni
sayo fukete
honoka ni hita no
oto bakari suru
O, how sad!
From the distant mountain fields
As the night draws in
Comes faintly the bird-clapper’s
Sound, and nothing more…

Lord Suetsune.


Right (Win).


izuku yori
aki no aware o
inaba ni kaze no
Where is it from that,
Autumn sadness
Is invited in?
Over the rice-stems the wind
Blows on and on…

The Master of the Empress’ Household Office.


The Right state that they are left wondering why, by the first line of the Left’s poem. The Left have no criticisms of the Right’s poem.

Shunzei’s judgement: The Left faintly hears the sound of a bird clapper from distant mountain fields. The Right’s poem is a from a dwelling among the fields. Moreover, ‘blows on and on’ (fukitsuzuku) is forceful, indeed. It must win.

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