When he had gone down to Michinoku province with [his father] Lord [Tachibana no] Norimitsu, he composed this on the pines at Takekuma.
matu Fa Futaki wo
ikaga to toFaba
miki to kotaFemu
The pines are twinned;
Should ask, ‘What were they like?’
‘ I saw the trunks,’ I will reply!
Tachibana no Suemichi