ShGSS IV: 214

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Dowager Empress during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

夏の夜は水まさればやあまのがはながるる月のかげもとどめぬ

natsu no yo wa
mizu masareba ya
ama no kawa
nagaruru tsuki no
kage mo todomenu
On a summer night
Perhaps, because the waters are so fine
Of the River of Heaven?
Drifting, the moon’s
Face, too, tarries not.

Anonymous

SCSS XII: 710

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

年をへてもゆてふふじの山よりもあはぬ思ひは我ぞまされる

toshi o hete
moyu chō fuji no
yama yori mo
awanu omoi wa
ware zo masareru
Through all the passing years
Burns Fuji;
Far more than the mountain,
Not meeting you, the flames of passion,
Burn brightly in me.

Anonymous

SCSS V: 281

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

秋のよのあまてる月の光にはおく白露を玉とこそ見れ

aki no yo no
ama teru tsuki no
hikari ni wa
oku shiratsuyu o
tama to koso mire
On an autumn night
The heaven-shining moon’s
Light upon
The fallen silver dewdrops
Truly, makes them seem as jewels.

Anonymous

SCSS II: 89

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

色ふかくみる野辺だにも常ならば春は行くともかたみならまし

iro fukaku
miru nobe dani mo
tsune naraba
haru wa yuku tomo
katami naramashi
Deep the hues
On display within the meadows—if that
Should be the norm, then
Even when the spring is gone
A keepsake they would be.

Anonymous