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Love V: 1


mukashi ware
furiwakegami o
miteshi yori
koi ni midarete
oi zo shinikeru
Long ago, I,
Your hair, bunched on either side,
Did glimpse, and ever since
In a confusion of love
Have I grown old.

Lord Suetsune.

Right (Win).

iro ni somuru
kokoro wa onaji
mukashi nite
hito no turaki ni
oi o shiru kana
Being charmed by beauty
My heart is just the same
As long ago, but
How cruel for me now,
Feeling my age…

Lord Takanobu.

The Right state: ‘Your hair, bunched on either side’ (furiwakegami) appears very abruptly. In addition, we wonder about the appropriateness of evoking youthful love. The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to indicate.

In judgement: the confusion evoked by ‘your hair, bunched on either side’ seems to have lasted rather too long. The Right’s poem sounds exactly as it should be. Thus, the Right should win.


Composed and sent to the same place.


mitinoku no
wodae no Fasi ya
kore naramu
Fumi mi Fumazu
mikokoro madoFasu
In Michinoku
Is the bridge of Odae
Such as this?
Trodden then untrodden, letters and then non
It does twist my heart.

Master of the Left Capital Office, Michimasa

KYS VII: 379

Sent to a woman who had fled from him.


koFisu teFu
mozi no sekimori
iku tabi ka
ware kakituramu
kokoro dukusi ni
Love – with that
Word I am warden of the barrier at Moji;
How many times have
I written it?
To the utter exhaustion of my heart!

Fujiwara no Akisuke (1090-1155)

This poem is also: Akisuke-shū 顕輔集 (1155?) 5.

SZS XVI: 940

Composed as a Love poem, when His Majesty commanded a hundred poem sequence.


ima Fa tada
osaFuru sode mo
kokoro no mama ni
oturu namida ka
Now, simply
Have my wave-dashed sleeves
Rotted all away;
Is there nothing in my heart
But dripping tears?

Fujiwara no Suemichi