On autumn mornings,
kōshin Fourth Month, Kenpo 5.
ogurayama shigururu koro no asana asana kinō wa usuki yomo no momijiba On gloomy Ogura Mountain When the showers fall Each and every morning, How faded are yesterday’s Scarlet leaves, all around.
Former Middle Counsellor Sada’ie
Created with Soan.
mi ni soete motaranu aki o oshimu tote kuren koto koso wabishikarikere It mounts up, Unreliable, autumn Fills me with regret, and That it fades into dusk, indeed, Is truly sad.
momijitsutsu shigure furi’idete yuku aki o mine no asagiri tachi mo tomenan Ever marked with autumn hues The showers fall on Autumn as it goes; The morning mist around the peak Arises, then lingers on.
A further poem:
shigure nomi furu yamazato no ko no shita wa oru hito kara ya morisuginuran Showers simply Fall upon a mountain retreat Beneath the trees; Has someone gone astray there To make them seem so endlessly thick?
When he received these, His Majesty was not of a mind to respond. I have heard that he read the poems then showed them to someone, saying, `What is this about？I don’t understand!’, so it is said they had no effect.
Around the last day of the Fifth Month, when she had been lying awake all night, filled with gloomy thoughts.
kagiri areba koyoi ni tsukinu samidare mo mi o shiru ame wa itsuka o yaman All things have an end, so This night’s endless Showers— The rainfall of my misery— O, when might they cease to fall?
Lady Aki, in service to the Empress Ikuhōmon’in
On seeing autumn leaves being scattered about during a shower.
ōzora ni kozue ya kokoro awasuran shigure to tomo ni ko no ha furishiku In the broad skies above Is it the treetops or my heart That seems to be revealed? Mixed in with the showers The leaves are blowing about.
These are poems which His Majesty had everyone in attendance compose on the day.
wa ga yado o mina heshi hito no sugiyukaba aki no kusaba wa shigurezaramashi Should my house By all the passing folk Be passed by, then Would not the autumn grasses Scatter showers?
Minamoto no Tsuruna
oshimedomo eda ni tomaranu momijiba o mina heshi okite aki no nochi mimu I regret it, yet On the branches have not lingered Scarlet leaves— I will press them, every one, To gaze on after autumn’s passing.
sigure puru akatokidukuyo pimo tokazu kopuramu kimi to woramasi mono wo Showers fall At a night’s moonlit dawn, with No-one to undo my belt, If only a loving man Were with me now!
From the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.
kaminazuki shigure fururashi saoyama no masaki no kazura iro masarikeri In the Godless Month Showers fall, it seems, for On Sao Mountain The evergreen arrowroot’s Hues are fine, indeed.
Composed on the conception of leaves falling in the rain.
ko no Fa chiru yado Fa kikiwaku kata zo naki siguresuru yo mo siguresenu yo mo Leaves falling from the trees At my house: listening, I Have no way to tell between Nights when showers fall, and Nights when showers fall not…
Minamoto no Yorizane
shigure no ame ko no ha bakari o somekureba kazukishi sode wa iro mo kawarazu Showers of rain Simply, the trees’ leaves Do dye, so My drenched sleeves Hue remains unchanged.