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KKS XII: 564

A poem composed at a competition held by Her Majesty, the Empress during the Kampyō era (889-898).


wa ga yado no
kiku no kakine ni
woku simo no
kiekaFerite zo
At my house
On chrysanthemums by the fence
The frost settles only to
Vanish and return again;
Even so is my love.

Ki no Tomonori

KKS XI: 470

Topic unknown.


woto ni nomi
kiku no siratuyu
yoru Fa okite
Firu Fa omoFi ni
aFezu kenubesi
Only a rumour do I
Hear: the chrysanthemum’s white dewdrops,
Fall at night (I lie awake),
And with the day’s weight of sun (laden with thoughts of you am I),
Cannot endure and is gone (as will I be, lest we meet).

The Monk Sosei

KKS V: 269

When he was commanded to compose a poem upon chrysanthemums, during the Kanpyō period.


Fisakata no
kumo no uFe nite
miru kiku Fa
ama tu Fosi to zo
Far distant,
The clouds: being above them
Do I see chrysanthemums
From the stars of Heaven


It is said he composed this poem on being summoned into the Courtiers’ Room, before having permission to be there.

KKS V: 276

Composed at a time he was thinking of how piteous was the world of men, and saw a chrysanthemum flower.


aki no kiku
niFoFu kagiri Fa
Fana yori saki to
siranu wa ga mi wo
Chrysanthemums in Autumn:
While they shine
I’ll wear them in my hair,
For sooner than the flowers’
May come my ending.


KKS V: 268

A poem tied to a chrysanthemum before it was planted in someone’s garden.


uwe si uweba
aki naki toki ya
Fana koso tirame
ne saFe kareme ya
If well planted,
And Autumn came not
Would it still bloom-of course, it would!
And the flowers scatter
Were it to wither to the root?

Ariwara no Narihira