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Poems by border guards from various provinces sent as relief to Tsukushi in the 7th year of Tempyō-Shōhō [755], Second Month.


kasikoki ya
mikötö kagapuri
asu yuri ya
kae ga muta nemu
imu nasi ni site
A fearsome
Order I received
And from the morrow
Will I sleep among the grasses
Without my darling girl?

The above poem is by Mononobe no Akimochi of Lower Naga District, a man of serviceable age in the service of the District Governor.