MYS XVII: 3890

In the winter, Eleventh Month, 2nd year of Tempyō, the Governor-General of the Dazifu, Lord Ōtomo, was made a Major Councillor concurrently with his position as Governor-General; on his return to the capital, his retainers set sail and returned to the capital with him. Here are ten poems they composed in their sensitivity, suffering from the hardships of the journey.


wa ga seko wo
a ga matubara yo
tamamo karu miyu
My friend,
I pine and from this field
Gaze out upon
The diver girls
Seeing them cutting jewelled seaweed.

The above poem is by Isomori, Lord Mino.

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