Love II: 8

Left (Win).


yukusue wa
aimite nochi ya
kyō wa sono hi to
chigiru bakari zo
What will become of us?
Upon our meeting
Will we know it?
Today is that day and
Our only promise!

Lord Kanemune.




mate to iishi
sono koto no ha ni
tsuyu no inochi mo
kienu to wo shire
‘Just wait!’ you said, and
To those words
I am clinging, but
A dewdrop life
Can vanish – you should know!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.


The Right have nothing particular to say about the Left’s poem. The Left simply say that the Right’s poem contains sentiments heard many times before [tsune ni kikinaretaru yoshi].

Shunzei’s judgement: The Left’s poem is nothing remarkable, but I feel it is a little gentler [ima sukoshi otonashikuhaberu]. I must make it the winner.

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