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Kinkai wakashū 21

One drizzly morning, when I saw the plum blossom blooming at the Shōchōjuin, and wove a garland from them.

ふる寺の朽木の梅も春雨にそほちて花ぞほころびにける

furudera no
kuchigi no mume mo
harusame ni
sōchite hana zo
hokorobinikeru
At an ancient temple
Even the gnarled plum tree,
By spring showers
Drenched, into blossom
Has burst out!
A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Teiji-in uta’awase 33

Left

つゆばかりたのみおかなんことのはにしばしもとまるいのちありやと

tsuyu bakari
tanomi okanan
koto no ha ni
shibashi mo tomaru
inochi ari ya to
Dewdrop fragile
Is my trust that dripping
On the leaves, your words
A little longer might hold
My life here, perhaps…

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Right

はるさめのよにふるそらもおもほえずくもゐながらにひとこふるみは

harusame no
yo ni furu sora mo
omohoezu
kumoi nagara ni
hito kouru mi wa
Spring showers
Fall from night time skies—living on
Is not for me, I think, for
Beyond the clouds lies
The one I love…

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Teiji-in uta’awase 01

Spring

Ten Poems on the Second Month

Left

あをやぎのえだにかかれるはるさめはいともてぬけるたまかとぞみる

aoyagi no
eda ni kakareru
harusame wa
ito mo te nukeru
tama ka to zo miru
Upon the green willow
Branches hang
Spring raindrops—
As if each frond were hand-threaded
With gems do they appear.

Ise
1

Right

あさみどりそめてみだれるあをやぎのいとをばはるのかぜやよるらむ

asamidori
somete midareru
aoyagi no
ito oba haru no
kaze ya yoruramu
Pale green
Dyes the tangled
Willow
Fronds—do spring’s
Breeze they seem to beckon?

Korenori
2

I’d say both of these are good—a tie.