SKKS II: 172

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the reign of the Kanpyō emperor.

待てといふに留らぬものと知りながらしひてぞおしき春の別れは

mate to iu ni
tomaranu mono to
shirinagara
shiite zo oshiki
haru no wakare wa
Asking it to stay, when that
It will not remain
I know too well—
And yet how strongly I regret
Parting from spring…

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