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SKKS XI: 1028

Composed on ‘long hidden love’ at the Poetry Office Poetry Competition.


furu no kami sugi
iro ni wa idezu
tsuyu mo shigure mo
In Isonokami
At Furu, the ancient, sacred cedar trees
Are old, yet
Their colours never change
With dew or shower fall…

The Regent and Grand Minister [Fujiwara no Yoshitsune]

GSS XVII: 1195

Once she had gone to a temple called Isonokami and, when it grew dark, she decided to return home with the dawn and stayed the night; someone said, ‘Henjō is here,’ so she sent him this to see what his reaction would be.


iFa no uFe
tabine wo sureba
ito samusi
koke no koromo wo
ware ni kasanan
Atop this crag
I am to spend a traveller’s night;
So cold!
Your robes of moss,
Won’t you lend me?

Ono no Komachi