SKKS IV: 320

Composed as a tanabata poem.


tanabata no
to wataru fune no
kaji no ha ni
iku aki kakitsu
tsuyu no tamazusa
For the Weaver Maid,
Across the narrows goes the boat;
In its oar stroke – as on mulberry leaves?
How many are the autumns, when writ
With dewdrops are the letters…

Master of the Dowager Empress’ Household Office Toshinari

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