SKKS IV: 316

Presented to His Majesty as a Tanabata poem during the reign of Emperor Kazan (968 – 1008, r. 984 – 986)


sode hijite
wa ga te ni musubu
mizu no omo ni
ama tsu hoshiai no
sora wo miru kana
I wet my sleeves
With my hands scooping
Water from the surface where
The heavenly stars do meet:
Gazing at the sky, indeed…

Fujiwara no Nagayoshi

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