SKKS XVI: 1567

When the Hoshō-ji Lay Priest and Former Grand Minister [Fujiwara no Michinaga] plucked a maidenflower, and said Murasaki Shikibu must be able to compose an appropriate poem.


sakari no iro o
miru kara ni
tsuyu no wakikeru
mi koso shirarure
The maidenflowers’
Hues are at their best,
I see, so
The dewfall must have distinguished
‘Tween them and me–how well I know it!

Murasaki Shikibu

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