SKKS XVI: 1455

Composed at the Imperial Bodyguards’ Headquarters, when the gentlemen of the court went blossom viewing at the palace, after the new year had been here for some time.


haru o hete
miyuki ni naruru
hana no kage
furiyuku mi o mo
aware to ya omou
Spring passes and
The royal visit’s here – a blizzard
Of blossom shading,
Falling – and me ageing –
Do you think of me kindly?

Fujiwara no Sada’ie

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