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SKKS XVI: 1485

In a year when blossom remained on the trees on the Festival Day in the Fourth Month, she gave some of this blossom to the Imperial Messenger to put in his hair, writing this on the leaves:

神世にはありもやしけんさくら花けふのかざしにおれるためしは

kamu yo ni wa
ari mo ya shaken
sakurabana
kyo no kazashi ni
oreru tameshi wa
In the age of Gods,
Were there such things, I wonder?
As cherry blossom
On this day, for your headdress
Plucked.

Murasaki Shikibu
紫式部

SKKS VIII: 763

A certain person planted some cherry trees and then died in the Fourth Month of that year; on seeing them blooming for the first time the following year:

花見んとうへけん人もなきやどのさくらはこぞの春ぞさかまし

hana min to
ueken hito mo
naki yado no
sakura wa kozo no
haru zo sakamashi
To see the blossoms,
Planting, you
From home are gone;
Had the cherries come last
Spring, oh, how much better…

Ōe no Yoshitoki (d.?1010)

KKS XVII: 892

Topic unknown.

おほあらきのもりのした草おいぬれば駒もすさめずかる人もなし

oFoaraki no
mori no sitakusa
oinureba
koma mo susameszu
karu Fito mo nasi
In Oaraki
Forest the undergrowth
Has grown so old
It does not tempt my mount,
Nor will any come to reap it.
sakura asa no
woFu no sitakusa
oinureba
koma mo susameszu
karu Fito mo nasi
Cherry hemp
Growing, the grass beneath it
Has grown so old
It does not tempt my mount,
Nor will any come to reap it.

Anonymous

SKKS III: 185

A summer poem, from when she presented a hundred poem sequence to retired Emperor Sutoku.

さくらあさのをふのしたくさしげれたゞあかでわかれし花の名なれば

sakura asa no
ou no shitakusa
shigere tada
akade wakareshi
hana no na nareba
Cherry hemp
Growing, the grass beneath it
So lush! Simply
Never sating – as parting
Is in this blossom’s name….

Lady Asa of the Taikenmon Palace