Love Separated by Distant Roads 隔遠路恋
koishinade iki no matsubara ikitari to tsuge dani yaranu michi no harukesa I’ll not die of love, but As the pine groves at Iki Live on – Even that, I cannot proclaim, So long is the road between us…
When a woman who had long been an acquaintence of Left Middle Captain Naritoki departed for Tsukushi, Lord Sanekata, went as a messenger to Usa, and she gave this to him out of concern.
keFu made Fa
iki no matubara
wa ga mi no usa ni
nagekite zo Furu Up until today
Among the pine groves of Iki
Have I lived, yet
In my desolation
Am I drowned in grief.
The Daughter of Fujiwara no Nochiō
tiyo wo kaketaru
iki no matu koso
omoFiyararure I shall pray on across
A thousand generations
Of wisteria waves with
The pines of Iki
Ever in my thoughts.
Fujiwara no Tamemasa
awazu wa usa ya
kokoro zukushi ni
iki no matsubara Paying a visit and
Not meeting: the despair
Reaches new heights,
Exhausting my heart, as a journey to
Iki in Matsubara!
chigiri mo shirazu
hono mishi nobe ni
mayoinuru kana Go, and I will meet her!
Heedless of if such a bond exists,
The miscanthus fronds
Briefly glimpsed across the fields,
Drive me to confusion!
The Gentlemen of the Left and Right state the opposing team’s poem lacks thought.
Shunzei’s judgement: The Left draws excessively on conceits of Kyushu. In the Right’s poem, ‘confusion in the fields’ (
nobe no mayoi) does not seem to lead anywhere. Both of these poems lack any real conception other than their use of conceits. The round ties.