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KKS I: 62

Composed when a man from whom she had heard nothing for a long time came calling when the cherries were blooming most abundantly.

あだなりと名にこそたてれ櫻花年にまれたる人もまちけり

adanari to
na ni koso tatere
sakurabana
tosi ni maretaru
Fito mo matikeri
Most fragile flowers
Are they called,
These cherries,
Appearing only once a year
The man I’ve waited for.

Anonymous

KKS I: 49

Composed when the cherry blossom planted at someone’s house had just come into flower.

ことしより春しりそむる櫻花ちるといふ事はならはさらなん

kotosi yori
Faru sirisomuru
sakurabana
tiru to iFu koto Fa
naraFazaranan
From this year on
I’ll deeply feel the spring
With these cherry blossoms.
That they will soon be gone-
Oh, that I did not know it!

Ki no Tsurayuki
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