Love II: 14

Left (Win).

つれなきを恨しよりもわりなきは頼むる暮を待にぞ有ける

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

Lord Suetsune.

687

Right.

今宵こそ床うち拂ひ待方の風の音さへ嬉しかりけれ

koyoi koso
toko uchiharai
matsu kata no
kaze no oto sae
ureshikarikere
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.

688

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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