MYS XIX: 4143

A poem composed on picking a katakuri bloom.

もののふの八十娘子らが汲み乱ふ寺井の上の堅香子の花

mononopu no
yaso wotomera ga
kumimagapu
terawi no upe no
katakago no pana
An array,
A multitude of maidens
Scooping
Water from the temple wellhead;
A bunch of lilies!

Ōtomo no Yakamochi
大伴家持

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