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Love VII: 19

Left.
逢ふ事は苗代水を引き止めて通しはてぬや小山田の關

au koto wa
nawashiro mizu o
hikitomete
tōshihatenu ya
oyamada no seki
Can a meeting, like
The waters round the rice seedlings
Be stopped
In their endless flow
Past the Oyamada Barrier?

Kenshō
997

Right (Win).
衣手は清見が關にあらねども絶ゆるよもなき涙也けり

koromode wa
kiyomi ga seki ni
aranedomo
tayuru yo mo naki
namida narikeri
My sleeves as
The Barrier at Kiyomi
Are not, yet
Without cease
Are my tears…

Lord Tsune’ie.
998

The Right state: we are unfamiliar with the expression ‘Oyamada Barrier’ (oyamada no seki). The Left state: it sounds as if it is tears that are ceaseless at the Barrier at Kiyomi.

In judgement: the Left’s poem is stylistically tasteful, but with only ‘can a meeting, like the waters round the rice seedlings’ (au koto wa nawashiro mizu) the conception of love is weak is it not? The Right’s poem metaphorically has tears ceaseless at the Barrier at Kiyomi, and with the ta present, I accept the Left’s point to a certain extent, but this type of thing is not unusual in metaphorical poems.  In addition, there is little reason to imagine the waters round the rice-seedlings being blocked. As it has a stronger focus on Love, the Right wins.

Horikawa hyakushu 1412

足柄の山の紅葉葉散るなへに清見が関は秋風そぞ吹く

ashigara no
yama no momijiba
chiru nae ni
kiyomi ga seki wa
akikaze zo fuku
At Ashigara,
The mountain is all scarlet leaves:
Just when they fall, at
The barrier of Kiyomi
Blows the autumn wind.

Minamoto no Moroyori (1068-1139)
源師頼

SKS IX: 303

Composed when he held a poetry competition at his house.

よもすがら富士の高嶺に雲きえて清見が関にすめる月かな

yomosugara
Fudi no takane ni
kumo kiete
kiyomi ga seki ni
sumeru tuki kana
All through this night
From the mighty peak of Fuji
Have the clouds cleared, and
Above the barrier of Kiyomi
Brightly shines the moon.

Akisuke, Master of the Left Capital Office
左京大夫顕輔

MYS III: 296

[One of] two poems composed by Taguchi no Masuhito, when he was appointed Governor of Kamitsuke and had gone to the Kiyomi Peninsula.

廬原の清見の崎の三保の浦のゆたけき見つつ物思ひもなし

ipopara no
kiyomi no saki no
mipo no ura no
yutakeki mitutu
mono’omopi mo nasi
In Ihohara
From Kiyomi Point
Upon Miho Bay’s
Breadth I gaze,
Having no sad thoughts at all.

Taguchi no Masuhito
田口益人