Love V: 15

Left.
行かへる心は程も無かりけり幾雲井とも知らぬ中にも

yukikaeru
kokoro wa hodo mo
nakarikeri
iku kumoi tomo
shiranu naka ni mo
To go to her
My heart feels the distance
Is nothing;
How far beyond the clouds it is
I care not at all…

Lord Suetsune.
869

Right (Win).
思遣るほどは苦しき戀路にも心は安く通ふなりけり

omoiyaru
hodo wa kurushiki
koiji ni mo
kokoro wa yasuku
kayou narikeri
My thoughts fly
So far to you; painful
Are the paths of love, that
The heart, so simply,
Travels over!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.
870

Both Left and Right state together: we find no faults.

In judgement: both poems have the conception of the heart travelling and, in addition, do not appear to have any particular features which suggest a win or a loss, but the Left’s ‘I care not at all’ (shiranu naka ni mo) sounds weaker. Thus, the Right wins.

 

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