KKS IV: 177

During the Kanpyō Era [889-897], on the night of the Seventh Day, His Majesty [Emperor Uda] commanded the gentlemen waiting upon him to compose poems; Tomonori composed this poem in place of someone else.


ama no kaFa
asase shiranami
ake zo sinikeru
The River of Heaven has
Shallows-white wave marked-in ignorance
Searching, searching and
Unable to cross, yet
The dawn has broken.

Ki no Tomonori (Fl. ca. ?850-?904)

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