KKS III: 157

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


kururu ka to
mireba akenuru
natu no yo wo
akazu to ya naku
yama Fototogisu
Did you think ’twas sunset?
When a glance would show the breaking dawn
Of this summer night-
Unsated by your song, do you sing on,
Cuckoo in the mountains?

Mibu no Tadamine

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