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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

Izumi shikibu-shū 484

When the house of Bishop Mokuban burnt down, I sent a message, with this, to his mother.

出でにける門のほかをし知らぬ身は問ふべき程もさたすきにけり

idenikeru
kado no Foka wo si
siranu mi Fa
toFubeki Fodo mo
sada suginikeri
Departed
Through that other gate have you, while
In ignorance, I,
When I should have known,
Have passed my time.

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

SKKS XVI: 1495

On a night when the moon was shining brightly, someone captured some fireflies and sent them to her; she replied to say that ‘the rain was falling’.

おもひあらばこよひのそらはとひてまし見えしや月のひかりなりけん

omoi araba
koyoi no sora wa
toitemashi
mieshi ya tsuki no
hikari nariken
Had you a thought for me,
This evening to the sky
I would that your enquiries had flown;
Perhaps, what I have seen is but the moon
Light?

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部