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KKS XVII: 923

Composed when people had gathered below Nunohiki Falls and were composing poems.

ぬきみだる人こそあるらし白玉のまなくもちるか袖のせばきに

nukimidaru
Fito koto arurasi
siratama no
ma naku mo tiru ka
sode no sebaki ni
Plucking them apart to glimpse their disarray:
There must be someone there!
White jewelets
Scattering without a halt,
And my sleeve too narrow!

Narihira
業平

KKS XII: 563

A poem composed at a competition held by Her Majesty, the Empress during the Kampyō era (889-898).

ゆふされば螢よりけにもゆれどもひかりみねばや人のつれなき

sasa no Fa ni
woku simo yori mo
Fitori nuru
wa ga koromode zo
saemasarikeru
On bamboo grass leaves
Settles frost, but
Sleeping alone,
My sleeves
Are colder still by far.

Ki no Tomonori
紀友則

KKS XII: 556

One day at a memorial service for someone at the Lower Izumo Temple, he listened to the Monk Shinsei giving a sermon, composed this and sent it to Ono no Komachi.

つつめども袖にたまらぬ白玉は人を見ぬめの涙なりけり

tutumedomo
sode ni tamaranu
siratama Fa
Fito wo minu me no
namida narikeri
I may wrap them up, but
In my sleeve, they will not stay,
These white jewels,
Shed for a lady I cannot glimpse
Are my tears.

Abe no Kiyoyuki (825-900)