Love V: 8

Left.
いかにして戀てふことを知りぬらん物の心も昨日今日こそ

ika ni shite
koi chō koto o
shirinuran
mono no kokoro mo
kinō kyō koso
How did
Love
Then seem to me?
When the truth of things
Has come to me now…

Lord Ari’ie.
855

Right (Win).
今はさは思亂ると知らせてん振分髪も肩過ぎにけり

ima wa sa wa
omoimidaru to
shiraseten
furuwakegami mo
kata suginikeri
Now it is that
I am in a tangle of love,
Let me tell you!
For my hair, bunched on either side,
Has come to brush my shoulders!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.
856

The Right state: the Left’s poem is facetious. The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to mention.

In judgement: the Right’s poem is elegant. It certainly wins over the Left.

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