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SKKS XIV: 1332

From the Poetry Contest in 1500 Rounds.

たづねみるつらき心のおくのうみよしほひのかたのいふかひもなし

tazune miru
tsuraki kokoro no
oku no umi
yoshioi no kata no
iukai mo nashi
Should I seek out love
Within her cold heart’s
Depths – as at the sea by Michinoku
In the tidal inlets
There are no shellfish – ’twould be pointless.

Sada’ie
定家

SKKS XIV: 1320

From the Poetry Contest in 1500 Rounds.

きえわびぬうつろふ人の秋のいろに身をこがらしのもりの白露

kiewabinu
utsurou hito no
aki no iro ni
mi o kogarashi no
mori no shiratsuyu
I am too grieved to die!
My fickle love showed me
She’d had enough with Autumn’s colours;
Now, I yearn for her as the bitter wind
Drenches the forest with silven dewfall.

Sada’ie
定家

SKKS XIV: 1291

From the Hundred Poem Poetry Contest at the house of the Regent and Grand Minister.

わすれずはなれし袖もやこほるらんねぬよのとこのしものさむしろ

wasurezu wa
nareshi sode mo ya
koruran
nenu yo no toko no
shimo no samushiro
Had she not forgotten me,
Would my sleeves be so used
To freezing, I wonder?
In bed on a sleepless night,
Frost falling on my meagre mat.

Sada’ie
定家

SKKS XII: 1142

Composed on ‘praying for love’ at hundred poem sequence poetry competition at the house of the Regent and Grand Minister.

としもへぬいのる契ははつせ山おのへのかねのよその夕ぐれ

toshi mo henu
inoru chigiri wa
hatsuse yama
onoe no kane no
yoso no yûgure
Years have gone by,
Praying that our bond should be, but
On Mount Hatsuse
The bell of Onoe
Tolls only distant dusk…

Sada’ie
定家