Horikawa-in enjo awase 8


kazu narade
yo ni sumie no
mi o tsukushi
itsu o matsu tomo
nakimi narikeri
Countless are
The generations spent at Sumie, with
The channel buoys: exhausted
What should I await but
To be dead.

Master of the Left Capital Office Toshiyori

In reply


ause wa taeji
sumie no
mi o tsukushitemo
Flowing on, yet
The rapids’ meetings will not cease;
At Sumie with
The channel buoys, you may be exhausted, but
Would you rot away…

Kazusa, in service to the Empress

A picture of channel markers in the sea.
Channel buoys. Image by Claudia Thorn from Pixabay

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