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SKKS IV: 274

Composed on ‘enjoying cool’ for the Poetry Match held by Yorisuke, the Minister of Justice.

ひさぎ生ふるかた山かげにしのびつつふきけるものを秋の夕風

hisagi ouru
katayama kage ni
shinobitsutsu
fukikeru mono o
aki no yūkaze
Where red-oaks grow and
Cast their shade upon the mountain slopes
Ever secretly
Does it blow—
The autumn evening breeze.

Shun’e

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
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Kinkai wakashū 4

うちなびき春さりくればひさぎおふるかた山かげに鶯ぞなく

uchinabiki
haru sarikureba
hisagi ouru
katayama kage ni
uguisu zo naku
Trailing in
Comes spring, then
Where red-oaks grow and
Cast their shade upon the mountain slopes
A warbler sings![i]

4

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

[i] An allusive variation on: Composed on ‘enjoying cool’ for the Poetry Match held by Yorisuke, the Minister of Justice. ひさぎ生ふるかた山かげにしのびつつふきけるものを秋の夕風 hisagi ouru / katayama kage ni / shinobitsutsu / fukikeru mono o / aki no yūkaze ‘Where red-oaks grow and  / Cast their shade upon the mountain slopes / Ever secretly does it blow— / The autumn evening breeze.’ Shune (SKKS IV: 274).

Teiji-in uta’awase 20

Left (Tie)

はなみつつをしむかひなくけふくれてほかのはるとやあすはなりなむ

hana mitsutsu
oshimu kainaku
kyō kurete
hoka no haru to ya
asu wa narinamu
Ever do I gaze upon the blossom, in
Vain regret, for
Today will end and
A different spring will
Greet me on the morrow!

Mitsune
39

Right

けふのみとはるをおもはぬときだにもたつことやすきはなのかげかは

kyō nomi to
haru o omowanu
toki dani mo
tatsu koto ya suki
hana no kage ka wa
“Only today is left
Of spring”—I’ll not think that for
Even at such a time,
Is it easy to part from
The blossoms’ shade?

Mitsune
40[i]

‘Both of these are charming,’—they tied.


[i] This poem is included as the final spring poem in Kokinshū (II: 134), attributed to Mitsune, and with the headnote, ‘A poem on the end of spring from the Poetry Contest held by Former Emperor Uda’.

Teiji-in uta’awase 17

Left (Tie)

かけてのみみつつぞしのぶむらさきにいくしほそめしふぢのはなぞも

kakete nomi
mitsutsu zo shinobu
murasaki ni
iku shiosomeshi
fuji no hana zo mo
Hanging there do I
Ever gaze with wonder on
Their violet hues—
How many dippings dyed
The wisteria blossom so?

Mitsune
33

Right

みなそこにしづめるはなのかげみればはるのふかくもなりにけるかな

minasoko ni
shizumeru hana no
kage mireba
haru no fukaku mo
narinikeru kana
When in the water’s depths
Sunken blossoms’
Shapes I see,
How deep the springtime
Has become!

Korenori
34

Teiji-in uta’awase 12

Left (Tie)

うつつにはさらにもいはじさくらばなゆめにもちるとみえばうからむ

utsutsu ni wa
sara ni mo iwaji
sakurabana
yume ni mo chiru to
mieba ukaramu
In the waking world
There is nothing more I might say,
O, cherry blossom!
You scattering through my dreams—
How I would hate to see it!

Mitsune
23

Right

はなのいろをうつしとどめよかがみやまはるよりのちにかげやみゆると

hana no iro o
utsushi to tomeyo
kagamiyama
haru yori nochi ni
kage ya miyuru to
The blossoms’ hues’
Reflection: hold it,
Mirror Mountain!
That after the springtime’s gone
I might see their shades.

Korenori
24[i]


[i] This poem is included in Shūishū (I: 73), attributed to Korenori, with the headnote, ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest.’

Teiji-in uta’awase 02

Left

さかざらむものならなくにさくらばなおもかげにのみまだきみゆらむ

sakazaramu
mono naranaku ni
sakurabana
nao mo kage ni nomi
madaki miyuramu
Wishing not to bloom
Will not remain
The cherry blossom, but
Even so their shape alone
Swiftly, I would wish to see!

Mitsune
3

Right

やまざくらさきぬるときはつねよりもみねのしらくもたちまさりけり

yamazakura
sakinuru toki wa
tsune yori mo
mine no shirakumo
tachimasarikeri
When the mountain cherry
Has bloomed,
Earlier than usual
Clouds of white around the peak
Do rise spectacularly!

Tsurayuki
4[i]

The Left uses ‘wish’[ii] twice; the Right places the mountain cherries at a distance—that make the round a tie.


[i] This poem is included in Gosenshū (I: 118), with the headnote, ‘A poem from Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.

[ii] Uda is objecting to Mitsune’s double usage of the auxiliary verb -ramu in his judgement here.

Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 11

Love without meeting

Left (Win)

あふことのかたきしなればしらなみのたちよるかずはわれのみぞしる

au koto no
katakishi nareba
shiranami no
tachiyoru kazu wa
ware nomi zo shiru
Meeting you is
A distant cliff, so
The whitecaps’
Numbers breaking there
I alone do know.

21

Right

あはむとはおもひわたれどふじかはのすまずはつひにかげもみえじを

awamu to wa
omoi wataredo
fujikawa no
sumazu wa tsui ni
kage mo mieji o
To meet her
Passionately did I cross, yet
The Fuji River
Was so clouded that at the last
Her shape I could not see at all…

Mitsune
22

Tsurayuki-shū 717

Composed on the night when coming-of-age ceremonies were held for the son and daughter of the Captain of the Outer Palace Guards, in the Twelfth Month, Shōhei 5 [935].

大原やをしほの山の小松原はやこだかかれ千世のかげみん

ōhara ya
oshio no yama no
komatsubara
haya kodaka kare
chiyo no kage min
In Ōhara
On Oshio Mountain
Among the young pine groves
Fly swiftly, fledgling hawk,
For you will see the light of a thousand generations!

Ki no Tsurayuki