Kurōdo no tō-ke uta’awase 1

On the 7th day of the Seventh Month,[1] the gentlemen and ladies were divided into teams at the residence of the Head Chamberlain[2] and made to conduct a poetry contest, with the topic being ‘Bell Crickets’.

たなばたにかしやみつらんすずむしのくもゐはるけきねこそきこゆれ

tanabata ni
kashi ya mitsuran
suzumushi no
kumoi harukeki
ne koso kikoyure
To the Weaver Maid
It has been lent—is that what I see?
The bell crickets’
Cloud clearing
Cry I do hear!

Muratada[3]


[1] This contest took place on the 7th day of the Seventh Month Eien 永延 2 [21.8.988].

[2] Fujiwara no Sanesuke 藤原実資 (957-1046).

[3] Identity unknown.

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