MYS XIX: 4171

In Kanpyō-Shōhō 2 [750], on the 24th day of the Third Month, it would be near to the beginning of summer in the Fourth Month, so he composed these two poems when, on the evening of the 23rd day,  he suddenly thought of a cuckoo calling at dawn.


tunepito mo
okitutu kiku zo
kono akatoki ni
kinaku patugowe
The folk of this world
Remain awake and listen for
The cuckoo
With the dawn today
To arrive and give his first call.

Ōtomo no Yakamochi

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