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SKKS XX: 1932

Amongst some poems of reminiscences.

とくみのりきくのしらつゆよるはをきてつとめてきえんことをしぞおもふ

toku minori
kiku no shiratsuyu
yoru wa okite
tsutomete kien
koto o shi zo omou
The Law teaches that
White dewdrops on chrysanthemums (Listen)
Fall at night (Arise from slumber)
And vanish with the dawn (Go to prayer, all will die)–
That is what I feel.

Former Abbot Jien
慈円

SKKS XVIII: 1847

From a hundred poem sequence.

くるゝまもまつべきよかはあだしのゝすゑばのつゆに嵐たつ也

kururu ma mo
matsubeki yo ka wa
adashino no
sueba no tsuyu ni
arashi tatsu nari
‘Til darkness falls,
Can this world await?
At Adashino
Upon the dew-dropped leaf tips,
The storm wind has started blowing.

Princess Shokushi
式子内親王

SKKS XV: 1344

Written in place of a man, when a lady who had promised to do so failed to reply to him.

いまこんといふことの葉もかれゆくによなよなつゆのなにゝをくらん

ima kon to
iu koto no ha mo
kareyuku ni
yona yona tsuyu no
nani ni okuran
“I’ll be back soon!”
Those words of yours, like leaves
Have withered; and
Night after night, the dewdrops:
What should they fall upon?

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

SKKS XV: 1336

From the Minase 15 Love Poem Poetry Competition.

しろたへの袖のわかれにつゆおちて身にしむいろの秋風ぞふく

shirotae no
sode no wakare ni
tsuyu ochite
mi ni shimu iro no
aki kaze zo fuku
White mulberry cloth,
My sleeves, on parting
Are splashed with dew,
Staining my breast, this hue
Is carried on the gusting autumn wind.

Fujiwara no Sada’ie
藤原定家