SKKS II: 99

For a painting of cherry blossom blooming on a mountain on a folding screen, when the ninetieth birthday celebrations were held for Shakua at the Poetry Office.

さくらさくとを山どりのしだりおのながながし日もあかぬ色かな

sakura saku
tōyamadori no
shidario no
naganagashi hi mo
akanu iro kana
Cherries blooming in
The distant mountains – the pheasant’s
Tail hangs down
So long, so long the day, yet
The colours never sate me.

The Retired Emperor [Gotoba (1180-1239; r. 1183-1198)]
後鳥羽

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