KKS III: 154

A poem from a poetry competition held by Her Majesty, the Empress, in the Kanpyō period.

夜やくらき道やまどへるほととぎすわがやどをしもすぎがてになく

 

yo ya kuraki
miti ya madoFeru
Fototogisu
wa ga yado wo simo
sugigateni naku
Is it night’s darkness?
Or, have you lost your way,
Oh, cuckoo?
By my house
You cannot pass, it seems, and so you sing.

Ki no Tomonori
紀友則

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