Love II: 14

Left (Win).


tsurenaki o
uramishi yori mo
warinaki wa
tanomuru kure o
matsu ni zo arikeru
His coldness
I have hated, but more
Unbearable is
The evening he has promised…

Lord Suetsune.




koyoi koso
toko uchiharai
matsu kata no
kaze no oto sae
Tonight, for sure…
My bedding I sweep
And wait for him;
Even the breeze’s sound
Brings me joy!

The Provisional Master of the Empress’ Household Office.


The Gentlemen of the Right state: the Left’s poem appears somehow reversed. The Gentlemen of the Left state: we find no faults.

Shunzei’s judgement: what do the Gentlemen of the Right mean by saying the Left’s poem ‘seems somehow reversed’? Do they mean that referring explicitly to ‘waiting’ is a fault? The Left’s ‘I have hated, but more unbearable’ (uramishi yori mo warinaki wa) sounds pleasant. The Left should win.

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