Horikawa-in enjo awase 5


koiji ni mayou
shirube ni wa
namida bakari zo
saki ni tachikeru
Suffering with passion, and
Lost upon the paths of love
My guide is
Simply my tears that
Set out before me.

Consultant and Middle Captain Tadanori

The reply, written in a style to blend in with the picture on the paper, of a many-petalled safflower, and attached to a stem of bellflower, made from metal.


koiji oba
fumi dani miji to
omou mi ni
nani ka wa kakaru
namida naruran
Upon the path of love
I’ve not seen you take even one step
I feel, so
Why might you show such
Tears, I wonder?

Kii, in service to the former Kamo Virgin

A picture of a safflower.
Safflower. Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

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