Composed on a spring by a pine tree in the Sixth Month, for a folding screen for the Daijō Festivities in the Ninth Year of Kenkyū (1199).


tokiwa naru
matsui no mizu o
musubu te no
shizuku goto ni zo
chi yo wa miekeru
In Tokiwa
The waters from the pine-tree spring are
Held in gathered hands-
Every single drop that falls
Shows the passage of a thousand years.

Provisional Middle Councillor [Fujiwara no] Sukezane

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