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SZS II: 89

Composed as a poem on blossom.

桜咲く比良の山風吹くままに花になりゆく志賀の浦浪

sakura saku
Fira no yamakaze
Fuku mama ni
Fana ni nariyuku
siga no uranami
Cherries flower on
Hira Mountain while
Breezes blow
All turned to blossom are
The waves on Shiga’s shore.

Middle Captain of the Inner Palace Guards, Left Division, [Fujiwara no] Yoshitsune
左近中将良経

KKS XVI: 832

Composed when the Horikawa Grand Minister had died, after the cremation on Mount Fukakusa was over.

深草の野辺の桜し心あらばことし許はすみぞめに咲け

Fukakusa no
nobe no sakura si
kokoro araba
kotosi bakari Fa
sumizome ni sake
At Fukakusa
In the meadows, had the cherry trees
Any heart at all,
For just this year
Would they bloom in charcoal hues.

Kamutsuke no Mineo
上野岑雄

KYS I: 48

Composed on being told of someone being delayed by the blossom in the mountains.

斧の柯は木のもとにてや朽ちなまし春を限らぬ桜なりせば

wono no e Fa
ko no moto nite ya
kutinamasi
Faru o kagiranu
sakura nariseba
Would his axe handle
Beneath the trees
Rot away, I wonder,
Were in seasons other than spring
The cherries to bloom?

Ōnakatomi no Kin’naga (1071-1138)
大中臣公長

Spring III: 5

Left (Win).

秋ならば月待つことの憂からまし櫻にくらす春の山里

aki naraba
tsuki matsu koto no
ukaramashi
sakura ni kurasu
haru no yamazato
Were it autumn,
Waiting for the moon is
Bitter, indeed, but
Amongst the cherry blossom do I live,
In my mountain hut in springtime.

A Servant Girl.

129

Right.

白雲の八重立つ山の花を見て歸る家路も日ははるか也

shirakumo no
yae tatsu yama no
hana o mite
kaeru ieji mo
hi wa harukanari
Clouds of white,
Lie eight-fold upon the mountains;
Gazing on the blossoms, being
Homeward bound at
Sundown seems a long, long way away…

Jakuren.

130

The Right team have no particular criticisms of the Left’s poem this round. The Left, though, say ‘What are we to make of ‘Sundown seems a long, long way away’ (hi wa harukanari)?’ (Probably suggesting it’s an insufficiently poetic expression to use in a waka.)

Shunzei doesn’t address the Left’s criticism in his judgement, simply saying, ‘The Left’s final section starting “amongst the cherry blossom do I live” (sakura ni kurasu) sounds charming. It must win.’