Winter I: 18

Left (Tie).

花は猶その姿とも見え分る枯野は蟲の聲ぞ戀しき

hana wa nao
sono sugata tomo
miewakaru
kareno wa mushi no
koe zo koshiki
The blossoms are still
By their simple shapes
Revealed, but
On this withered field the insects’
Cries are what I miss…

Lord Kanemune.

515

Right.

秋の色の移ろふ野邊を來て見れば哀は枯れぬ物にぞ有ける

aki no iro no
utsurou nobe o
kitemireba
aware wa karenu
mono ni zo arikeru
Autumn’s hues
Have faded from this field
I see, but
My sorrow is something
Evergreen…

Nobusada.

516

The Right state that they are unable to understand [kokoro yukazu] the usage of ‘revealed’ (miewakaru) in the Left’s poem. The Left find no faults in the Right’s poem.

Shunzei’s judgement: The Left’s use of ‘revealed’ sounds appropriate [yoroshiku kikoehaberu] in this poem, and ‘on this withered field the insects’ (kareno wa mushi) is most tasteful [yū ni koso haberumere]. The conception of the Right’s ‘Autumn’s hues have faded from this field’ (aki no iro no utsurou nobe) where ‘sorrow is evergreen’ (aware wa karenu) is most moving, indeed; the Left, too, has a find conclusion to their poem, and so with both being heartfelt [kokoro utsurite], the round should tie.

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