Tag Archives: ike

SZS XIV: 858

Composed as a love poem when a hundred poem sequence was presented to former Emperor Sutoku.


koFi wo nomi
sugata no ike ni
mikusa wite
sumade yaminamu
na koso woshikere
Our love is simply
Form – Sugata Pond
Fills with waterweed, and
Grows stagnant – such an ending
Leaves only regret…

Ikuhōmon’in no Aki

This poem is also Kyūan hyakushu 1266.

MYS VII: 1276


ike no pe no
wotuki no sita no
sino na kari so ne
sore wo dani
kimi ga katami ni
mitutu sinopamu
Beside the pond,
Beneath the young zelkova tree,
Reap not the arrow bamboo!
For that, alone,
Is my keepsake of you, and
I would gaze on it and remember what is gone…

Hitomaro kashū