Spring III: 13

Left (Tie).

さかづきの流れにつけて唐人の船乘りすなるけふをしぞ思

sakazuki no
nagare ni tsukete
karahito no
fune norisu naru
kyō o shi zo omou
As the wine cups
Flow,
Cathay folk,
Boarding boats
This day, comes to my mind.

Kenshō.

145

Right (Tie).

ゆく水に浮ぶる花のさか月や流れての代のためしなるらん

yuku mizu ni
ukaburu hana no
sakazuki ya
nagarete no yo no
tameshi naruran
Upon the flowing waters
Floating flowers of
Wine cups!
In times gone by,
Was there ever such a thing?

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.

146

Both Left and Right say they have no criticisms to make this round.

Shunzei says, ‘The Left’s poem recalls an ancient Chinese festival, while the Right’s mentions one from our own Court. In terms style and form, neither poem has any particular problems. The round must tie.’

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