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SZS VI: 389

Composed on the conception of the beginning of winter at the time a hundred poem sequence was presented during the reign of Former Emperor Horikawa.

泉川水の水曲のふしづけに岩間の氷る冬は来にけり

idumigaFa
midu no miwada no
Fusiduke ni
iFama no koForu
Fuyu Fa kinikeri
On the River Izumi
The water pools
Around the fish-traps,
Frozen between the rocks,
Winter has come, indeed.

Fujiwara no Nakazane
藤原仲実

GSIS VII: 456

When he had first gone to the residence of the former Regent and Rokujō Minister, and people were composing on the conception of long clear pond waters.

今年だに鏡と見ゆる池水の千世経てすまむ影ぞゆかしき

kotosi dani
kagami to miyuru
ikemidu no
tiyo Fete sumamu
kage zo yukasiki
Especially this year
A mirror it does seem:
This pond water –
Clear through the passage of a thousand ages,
How I long for its light!

Fujiwara no Norinaga
藤原範永

Spring I: 13

Left (Win).

つらゝゐし汀を渡る春風に池のこゝろも解けやしぬらん

tsuraraishi
migiwa o wataru
harukaze ni
ike no kokoro mo
toke ya shinuran
The ice-bound
Waters’ edge a’crossing goes
The breath of spring;
Has the mere’s heart, too,
Melted?

Kenshō

25

Right.

雪つもろ峰に春日やさしつらむ谷の小川の水まさり行

yuki tsumoru
mine ni haruhi ya
sashitsuramu
tani no ogawa no
mizu masariyuku
Upon the snow-laden
Peaks has the spring sun
Shone?
For the valley streamlets are
With water overflowing…

Lord Tsune’ie

26

Neither team had anything deep to say about the other’s poem this round.

Shunzei states that, while both are of the same quality, the phrase ‘spring sun’ (haruhi) was not one that he liked to see used (why remains unclear, although there is speculation that it was because it was an ancient term dating from the Man’yōshū), and so the Left’s poem was just the winner.