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KKS I: 46

A poem from a poetry competition held by Her Majesty, the Empress, during the Kanpyō period.

梅が香を袖にうつしてとどめてば春は過ぐとも形見ならまし

mume ga ka wo
sode ni utusite
todometeba
Faru Fa sugutomo
katami naramasi
If only the plums’ scent
Would shift to my sleeves and
Stay there, then
Even when spring is past and gone
A keepsake would it be…

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