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SKKS I: 35

Composed on evening haze.

なごの海の霞のまよりながむれば入る日をあらふ沖つ白波

nago no umi no
kasumi no ma yori
nagamureba
iru hi o arau
oki tsu shiranami
At the sea at Nago
Between the hazy gaps
I gaze:
Bathed by the setting sun
Are the whitecaps in the offing.

The Gotokudaiji Minister of the Left
後徳大寺左大臣
[Fujiwara no Sanesada 藤原実定]

Love I: 19

Left.

なかなかにみるめばかりは難くとも遂にあふみの海と頼めよ

nakanaka ni
mirume bakari wa
katakutomo
tsui ni aumi no
umi to tanomeyo
‘Tis not enough to
Merely catch a glimpse of you;
‘Tis hard, but
Finally for a meeting
By the sea must be my hope.

Lord Ari’ie.

637

Right (Win).

漁り火のほの見てしより衣手に磯邊の浪の寄せぬ日ぞなき

isaribi no
honomiteshi yori
koromode ni
isobe no nami no
yosenu hi zo naki
Since by fisher fires
Dim light I glimpsed you,
Upon my sleeves
Waves upon a rocky shore
Have broken, every day.

Lord Tsune’ie.

638

Both teams say the other team’s poem sounds ‘extremely cliched’ [furikusaritari].

Shunzei’s judgement: ‘The gentlemen of both sides have stated that the opposing poem sounds clichéd. This is, indeed, a most perceptive judgement! Poems which use non-standard poetic diction [utakotoba ni mo aranu utadomo] often sound clichéd, do they not? However, given that the Left concludes ‘for a meeting by the sea must be my hope’ (aumi no umi to tanomeyo), it was unnecessary to mention mirume being difficult to obtain. Simply saying that it would be ‘absent’ [nashi] is what would be clichéd, surely? In any case, isaribi seems slightly superior.

Miscellaneous 96

Left (Tie).

海渡る浦こぐ舟のいたづらに磯路を過てぬれし浪かな

umi wataru
ura kogu fune no
itazura ni
isoji o sugite
nureshi nami kana
Crossing the seas,
Within the bay, rowing boats
Futilely
Past the rocky shore of fifty years,
Wetted with waves of tears.

191

Right (Tie).

あれまくや伏見の里の出がてにうきをしらでぞ今日にあひぬる

aremaku ya
fushimi no sato
no
idegate ni
uki o shirade zo
kyō ni ainuru
All overgrown,
My estate at Fushimi I
Am unable to depart;
In ignorance of the sadness of the world
Have I come upon this day.

192

Love 78

Left (Tie).

たづね見るつらき心の奧の海よ潮干のかたのいふかひもなし

tazunemiru
tsuraki kokoro no
oku no umi yo
shiohi no kata no
iukai mo nashi
When I go seeking within
Your bitter heart,
At the centre lies a sea, and
The tide-revealed sands
Avail me not at all!

155

Right (Tie).

あだなみの高師の濱のそなれ松馴れずはかけて我戀めやも

adanami no
takashi no hama no
sonarematsu
narezu wa kakete
ware koime ya mo
Cursed crashing waves
Rise high; on the beach at Takashi,
The wind-gnarled pines:
Unaccustomed,
Should I love you , even so?

156