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Autumn I: 5

Left.

秋來ても猶夕風を松が根に夏を忘れし陰ぞたち憂き

aki kitemo
nao yū kaze wo
matsu ga ne ni
natsu o wasureshi
kage zo tachi uki
Though the autumn has come,
Still, for an evening breeze,
Must I abide beneath the pines,
As did I to forget the summer,
Loath to leave the shade…

Lord Sada’ie.

309

Right.

夏衣まだ脱ぎやらぬ夕暮は袖に待たるゝ萩の上風

natsukoromo
mada nugiyaranu
yūgure wa
sode ni mataruru
hagi no uwakaze
My summer garb
Have I not yet put away;
In the evening
My sleeves await
A breeze over the bush-clover.

Jakuren.

310

Neither team can find any fault with the other’s poem.

Shunzei, however, says, ‘With regard to the Right’s poem, one marks the change of clothing at the end of spring into summer, and the passage from autumn and the entrance to winter. Does one say that now it is autumn, one changes from summer clothes? The Left’s ‘beneath the pines’ must win, must it not?’

Summer II: 5

Left (Tie).

尋入る楢の葉陰の重なりてさてしもかろき夏衣かな

tazuneiru
nara no hakage no
kasanarite
sateshimo karoki
natsugoromo kana
Entering within
The oak leaves’ shade,
Layer upon layer;
Still, how light
Is my summer garb!

Lord Sada’ie.

249

Right (Tie).

花の色の袖は重ねし物なれどひとへに惜しき蝉の羽衣

hana no iro no
sode wa kasaneshi
mono naredo
hitoe ni oshiki
semi no hagoromo
Cherry blossom hued
Sleeves lay one upon the other
And yet now,
A single, deep regret:
For the cicada’s gossamer garb…

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.

250

Neither team has any criticisms to make this round.

Shunzei merely remarks, ‘The Left’s poem has “still, how light” (sateshimo karoki) and the Right’s “sleeves lay one upon the other and yet now” (sode wa kasaneshi mono naredo): both of these are only close to the topic, I feel. The round ties.’

Summer II: 4

Left (Win).

重ねても涼しかりけり夏衣うすき袂にやどる月影

kasanetemo
suzushikarikeri
natsugoromo
usuki tamoto ni
yadoru tsukikage
Layered on, yet
‘Tis cool, upon
My summer garb’s
Flimsy sleeves
Rests moonlight.

A Servant Girl.

247

Right.

夏衣へだつともなき袂にも猶よそにこそ風は吹きけれ

natsugoromo
hedatsu mo naki
tamoto ni mo
nao yoso ni koso
kaze wa fukikere
My summer garb
Makes no hindrance
With its sleeves;
Far away is
The breeze a’blowing…

Ietaka.

248

Neither team can find any fault with the other’s poem this round.

Shunzei states, ‘The Left’s poem is perfectly balanced between beginning and end. Thus, it must win.’

Summer II: 3

Left (Win).

涼しとも思ひもはてず夏衣朝夕影のほどにぞ有ける

suzushi to mo
omoi mo hatezu
natsugoromo
asayūkage no
hodo ni zo arikeru
Of coolness,
Can I feel nothing in
My summer garb;
For ‘tween the light of morn and eve
Alone does it lie.

Lord Suetsune.

245

Right.

夏衣薄きかひこそなかりけれ袂涼しき風吹かねば

natsugoromo
usukai koso
nakarikere
tamoto suzushiki
kaze fukaneba
My summer garb is
Thin, yet effect
Has it none, when
Upon my sleeve a cool
Breeze blows not.

Lord Tsune’ie.

246

The Right remark that ‘the topic seems sidelined’ in the Left’s poem, to which the Left respond that their poem ‘is clearly about the appearance of the summer sun.’ The Left have no comments to make of the Right’s poem.

Shunzei states that ‘the Right’s “breeze blows not” (kaze fukaneba) is slightly less satisfactory than the Left’s approach, and their poem wins.’ (By this he means he prefers the more indirect statement on the heat of summer in the Left’s poem.)