Love II: 3

Left (Win).


chigiri made oba
shirazu tomo
hitoyo ga hodo mo
kami o tanoman
How long
Our bond will last
I know not, yet
For just this one night
Will I pray to the God.

Lord Suetsune.




inorigoto o
kami mo tagauru
mi nariseba
tsurakare to koso
ima wa inorame
My desire
Even the Gods do ignore –
Should that be my fate,
I will pray for pain
This time!

Lord Takanobu.


The Gentlemen of the Right state: we have nothing in particular to say about the Left’s poem. The Gentlemen of the Left state: the Right’s poem has nothing unusual in its conception, and additionally, the initial line is grating, even though this is something which has long been composed about.

Shunzei’s judgement: just as the Gentlemen of the Left have said, the Right’s poem contains too many similar expressions. The Left’s poem, while it sounds like the poet has no care beyond the present night, should win.

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