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SKKS IV: 393

On flowering grasses before the moon, when he presented a Fifty Poem Sequence.

ふるさとのもとあらのこはぎさきしよりよなよな庭の月ぞうつろふ

furusato no
motoara no kohagi
sakishi yori
yonayona niwa no
tsuki zo utsurou
At my ancient home
Since the sparse bush clover
Bloomed,
Night after night upon the garden
Shines the moon![i]

The Regent and Palace Minister

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

[i] An allusive variation on KKS XIV: 694.

Uda-in uta’awase 5

Cherry Blossom

Left (Tie)

わがそのへいざかへりなむあさがほのひとはなさくらのはなりにけり

wa ga sono e
iza kaerinamu
asagao no
hito hana sakura
no wa narinikeri
To my garden,
Well, I must return, for
A morning glory’s
Single bloom in flower seems
To have turned it to a meadow.

Okikaze
9

Right

はるはきぬたねにまくべきいねはなさくらのはなへにおろしはててよ

haru wa kinu
tane ni makubeki
ine wa nasa
kura no hanae ni
oroshihateteyo
Spring has come, and
The seeds must be sown;
No seedlings sprout
Beside the storehouse
Sow them all!

10

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 61

Winter Poems    Twenty Rounds

Left

かきくもりあられふりしけ白玉をしける庭とも人の見るがに

kakikumori
arare furishike
shiratama o
shikeru niwa to mo
hito no miru gani
Clouds rush in
Dropping scattered hailstones;
Pearl
Strewn, my garden
I would that he would see…

119

Right

天の河ふゆは空までこほるらし石間にたぎつ音だにもせず

ama no kawa
fuyu wa sora made
kōrurashi
iwama ni tagitsu
oto dani mo sezu
The River of Heaven in
Winter: the very skies
Seem frozen, with
Between the rocky crags rushing
No sound at all.

120

Sengohyakuban uta’awase 1411

Left

あすは又けふをばこぞといひすててをしみしものとおもひだにせじ

asu wa mata
kyō o ba kozo to
iisutete
oshimishi mono to
omoi dani seji
Tomorrow, once again
Will be as today
I’ll say easily and
All those things that I regretted-
I’ll not even think of them!

Lord Sueyoshi
2080

Right

ふゆのそらわびつつけふになりにけりあとなきにはのゆきとみながら

fuyu no sora
wabitsutsu kyō ni
narinikeri
ato naki niwa no
yuki to minagara
The winter sky is
Ever a source of grief-today
Has just turned out that way,
While my gardens trackless
Snow fills my gaze.

Ienaga
2081

Judgement: I wonder how the central ‘I’ll say easily’ leads in to the concluding section. The Right’s poem is a little better, I’d say.

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 16

Cranes in a garden (庭上鶴馴)

Left

庭の面に人になれたるあしたづはよはひをきみにゆづるなるべし

niwa no omo ni
hito ni naretaru
ashitazu wa
yowai o kimi ni
yuzurunarubeshi
Upon this garden’s face stands,
Accustomed to folk,
A crane;
His years to my Lord
Will he bestow, no doubt!

A Court Lady
31

Right

千とせふるやどのけしきやしるからん汀のたづのなれにけるかな

chitose furu
yado no keshiki ya
shirukaran
migiwa no tazu no
narenikeru kana
Is it that a thousand years old
This dwelling does appear?
For to the muddy
Water’s edge the cranes
Have become accustomed!

A Court Lady
32

Love VIII: 12

Left (Tie)
思ひかねうち寢る宵もありなまし吹だにすさめ庭の松風

omoikane
uchineru yoi mo
arinamashi
fuki dani susame
niwa no matsukaze
Unable to bear the pains of love, and
Dozing through the night –
That happens sometimes;
O, just blow gently,
Breeze through the garden pines!

A Servant Girl
1043

Right
思ひかねながむれば又夕日さす軒端の岡の松もうらめし

omoikane
nagamureba mata
yūhi sasu
nokiba no oka no
matsu mo urameshi
Unable to bear the pains of love,
When I gaze out, once more
The evening sun shines
Past my eaves, where on the hillside
Even the pines seem resentful…

Ietaka
1044

Same as the previous round.

In judgement: here we have ‘O, just blow gently’ (fuki dani susame), and the Right has ‘Past my eaves, where on the hillside’ (nokiba no oka no): these recollect the poems ‘in the depths of sleep I tread to you’ (uchinuru naka ni yukikayou) and ‘the beams strike the hillside through the pine needles’ (sasu ya okabe no  matsu no ha); both sound elegant. I make this round a tie.