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Minbukyō yukihira no uta’awase 1

The poetry competition held at the residence of Yukihira, the Minister of Popular Affairs: Left and Right prepared tableau, among other things. The tableau were in the form of rustic dwellings. Poems were composed on these in relation to cuckoo calls.

Left (Tie) – on the form of a mountain dwelling
夏深き山里なれど時鳥声はしげくも聞えざりけり

natu Fukaki
yamazato naredo
Fototogisu
kowe Fa sigekumo
kikoezarikeri
Deep in summer
Lies this mountain hut, yet
The cuckoo
Calls lush and thick, but
I cannot hear them!

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Right – on the form of a country house
荒れにける宿の梢は高けれど山時鳥まれに鳴くかな

arenikeru
yado no kozue wa
takakeredo
yamahototogisu
mare ni naku kana
Gone to ruin is
This house where treetops
Are tall, yet
The mountain cuckoo
Calls there but rarely!

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GSIS III: 189

Composed at the poetry competition held at the residence of imperial princess Sukeko (Yūshi) on 5th day of the Sixth Month Eishō 5 (1051).

夜だにあけば尋ねてきかむ郭公信太の杜の方になくなり

yo dani akeba
tadunete kitamu
Fototogisu
sinoda no mori no
kata ni nakunari
With the simple break of dawn
Do they come to call:
The cuckoos
In Shinoda’s sacred grove
Do sing.

Nōin

SZS XVI: 971

After Prince Tametaka, Commissioner of the Board of Censors, had died, she sent Prince Atsumichi, Governor-General of Dazai, some orange blossom, and when he asked what they meant, sent him:

かをる香によそふるよりは時鳥来かばやおなじ声やしたると

kaworu ka ni
yosoFuru yori Fa
Fototogisu
kikaba ya onazi
kowe ya sitaru to
Scenting their fragrance
In place of his – rather
The cuckoo
I would hear, for his call
Is just the same…

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部