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MYS VI: 971

A poem composed on the 17th day of the Eighth Month Tempyō 4 by Takahashi no Mushimaro, when Fujiwara no Umakai was sent into the west to inspect the military forces there.

白雲の 龍田の山の 露霜に 色づく時に うち越えて 旅行く君は 五百重山 い行きさくみ 敵守る 筑紫に至り 山のそき 野のそき見よと 伴の部を 班ち遣はし 山彦の 答へむ極み たにぐくの さ渡る極み 国形を 見したまひて 冬こもり 春さりゆかば 飛ぶ鳥の 早く来まさね 龍田道の 岡辺の道に 丹つつじの にほはむ時の 桜花 咲きなむ時に 山たづの 迎へ参ゐ出む 君が来まさば

sira kumo no
tatuta no yama no
tuyusimo ni
iroduku toki ni
utikoete
tabi yuku kimi pa
ipopeyama
iyukisakumi
adamamoru
tukusi ni itari
yamanosoki
no nosoki miyo to
tomo no be wo
akati tukapasi
yamabiko no
kotapemu kipami
taniguku no
sawataru kipami
kunikata wo
misitamapite
puyugomori
paru sariyukaba
tobu tori no
payaku kimasane
tatsutadi no
wokabe no miti ni
nitutuzi no
nipopamu toki no
sakurabana
sakinamu toki ni
yamatadu no
mukaemawidemu
kimi ga kimasaba
Clouds of white
On Tatsuta Mountain
When the frosty dewfall
Shades it,
Across it
You will go, my Lord,
Many mountains
Passing, and
At foe-warding
Tsukushi arrive;
On the mountains end,
On the plains end, gazing;
Sentry squads
Dividing for despatch;
Echoes from the mountains’
Bounds,
Toad
Testing limits
Of the land
A’viewing;
Sealed in winter, then
When spring comes once more
As a soaring bird
Swiftly return!
When upon the trails of Tatsuta
Upon the hillside paths
Ochre azaleas
Bloom brightly;
When cherry blossom
Blooms,
Bearing elder flowers
Will we come to greet you!
Should you come home again…

Shun’e
俊恵

GSS III: 117

After a man who was of a mind to become a monk had travelled to Yamato province and been there for some time, when a lady whom he had known before sent to him, enquiring how the cherry blossoms had been blooming lately.

みよし野の吉野の山の桜花白雲とのみ見えまがひつゝ

miyosino no
yosino no yama no
sakurabana
sirakumo to nomi
miemagaFitutu
In fair Yoshino
On Yoshino mountain,
The cherry blossom
Simply for clouds of white
I do always mistake!

Anonymous

Summer II: 5

Left (Tie).

尋入る楢の葉陰の重なりてさてしもかろき夏衣かな

tazuneiru
nara no hakage no
kasanarite
sateshimo karoki
natsugoromo kana
Entering within
The oak leaves’ shade,
Layer upon layer;
Still, how light
Is my summer garb!

Lord Sada’ie.

249

Right (Tie).

花の色の袖は重ねし物なれどひとへに惜しき蝉の羽衣

hana no iro no
sode wa kasaneshi
mono naredo
hitoe ni oshiki
semi no hagoromo
Cherry blossom hued
Sleeves lay one upon the other
And yet now,
A single, deep regret:
For the cicada’s gossamer garb…

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.

250

Neither team has any criticisms to make this round.

Shunzei merely remarks, ‘The Left’s poem has “still, how light” (sateshimo karoki) and the Right’s “sleeves lay one upon the other and yet now” (sode wa kasaneshi mono naredo): both of these are only close to the topic, I feel. The round ties.’

Summer II: 2

Left (Tie).

脱ぎ代へし蝉の羽衣あつきまでいかになりゆく夏の日數ぞ

nugikaeshi
semi no hagoromo
atsuki made
ikani nariyuku
natsu no hikazu zo
Stripped off to change,
A cicada-silk robe, yet
Why, this heavy hotness
Do I feel?
As the summer days go on…

Lord Kanemune.

243

Right (Tie).

橘のにほひも深し夏衣花ゆへたれかいとひそめけん

tachibana no
nioi mo fukashi
natsugoromo
hana yue tare ka
itoisomeken
Orange blossom
Scent lies thick
Upon my summer garb;
For the cherry blossom’s sake
Should I begin to hate it?

Jakuren.

244

The Right state they find themselves ‘unable to agree’ with the Left’s ‘Why, this heavy heat do I feel?’ (atsuki made ikani nariyuku), while the Left remark that ‘it is perhaps too similar to introduce a poem with “orange blossom” (tachibana) and conclude it with “cherry blossom” (hana).’

Shunzei simply asks, ‘Can the Left’s “do I feel” really be disagreeble? The Right’s “For the cherry blossom’s sake should I begin to hate it?” (hana yue tare ka itoisomeken) recollects the poem on “regret on changing clothes” by Minamoto no Shigeyuki, does it not? Furthermore, it is not implying that summer garb is necessarily fragranced by orange blossom. I question, though,the Left’s use of “heat”. The round should, therefore, tie.’

Spring III: 5

Left (Win).

秋ならば月待つことの憂からまし櫻にくらす春の山里

aki naraba
tsuki matsu koto no
ukaramashi
sakura ni kurasu
haru no yamazato
Were it autumn,
Waiting for the moon is
Bitter, indeed, but
Amongst the cherry blossom do I live,
In my mountain hut in springtime.

A Servant Girl.

129

Right.

白雲の八重立つ山の花を見て歸る家路も日ははるか也

shirakumo no
yae tatsu yama no
hana o mite
kaeru ieji mo
hi wa harukanari
Clouds of white,
Lie eight-fold upon the mountains;
Gazing on the blossoms, being
Homeward bound at
Sundown seems a long, long way away…

Jakuren.

130

The Right team have no particular criticisms of the Left’s poem this round. The Left, though, say ‘What are we to make of ‘Sundown seems a long, long way away’ (hi wa harukanari)?’ (Probably suggesting it’s an insufficiently poetic expression to use in a waka.)

Shunzei doesn’t address the Left’s criticism in his judgement, simply saying, ‘The Left’s final section starting “amongst the cherry blossom do I live” (sakura ni kurasu) sounds charming. It must win.’

Spring 10

Left (Tie).

櫻花うつろふ春をあまたへて身さへふりぬる淺茅生の宿

sakurabana
utsurou haru o
amata hete
mi sae furinuru
asajiu no yado
Cherry blossoming and
Fading springs
So many have I spent, that
Even I have fallen into dotage,
At my dwelling, all overgrown with spiky cogon grass.

19

Right

櫻花うつりにけりなと計をなげきもあへずつもる春かな

sakurabana
utsurinikeri na
to bakari o
nageki mo aezu
tsumoru haru kana
‘The cherry blossoms
Have already faded away,’
Simply that
Cannot contain my grief,
As one spring piles upon another.

20

Spring 9

Left (Tie).

みよしのは花にうつろふ山なれば春さへみゆき故郷の空

miyoshino wa
hana ni utsurou
yama nareba
haru sae miyuki
furusato no sora
When fair Yoshino is
Filled with fading flowers,
All across the mountain,
Still thick with spring snows are
The skies above my ancient home.

17

Right

櫻色の庭の春風跡もなしとはゞぞ人の雪とだに見ん

sakura iro no
niwa no haru kaze
ato mo nashi
towaba zo hito no
yuki to dani min
Cherry blossom hued
My garden has the spring breeze stained,
With not a dint upon it,
Should someone come calling,
He would swear snow had fallen.

18