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.
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)]