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SKKS VIII: 763

A certain person planted some cherry trees and then died in the Fourth Month of that year; on seeing them blooming for the first time the following year:

花見んとうへけん人もなきやどのさくらはこぞの春ぞさかまし

hana min to
ueken hito mo
naki yado no
sakura wa kozo no
haru zo sakamashi
To see the blossoms,
Planting, you
From home are gone;
Had the cherries come last
Spring, oh, how much better…

Ōe no Yoshitoki (d.?1010)

SKKS III: 185

A summer poem, from when she presented a hundred poem sequence to retired Emperor Sutoku.

さくらあさのをふのしたくさしげれたゞあかでわかれし花の名なれば

sakura asa no
ou no shitakusa
shigere tada
akade wakareshi
hana no na nareba
Cherry hemp
Growing, the grass beneath it
So lush! Simply
Never sating – as parting
Is in this blossom’s name….

Lady Asa of the Taikenmon Palace

SKKS III: 179

Composed as a poem on the beginning of summer.

おりふしもうつればかへつよのなかの人の心の花ぞめのそで

orifushi mo
utsureba kaetsu
yo no naka no
hito no kokoro no
hanazome no sode
When the seasons
Changed, so did our clothes.
Out within the world
Men’s hearts
Are sleeves dyed with blossoms’ hues.

The Daughter of Master of the Dowager Empress’ Household Office, [Fujiwara no] Toshinari
藤原俊成