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FGS VI: 563

On lightning.

いなづまのしばしもとめぬひかりにも草葉のつゆのかずはみえけり

inazuma no
shibashi mo tomenu
hikari ni mo
kusaba no tsuyu no
kazu wa miekeri
The lightning
Fails to linger for even a moment, yet
In its flash of light
Upon every blade of grass
Appear numerous dewdrops.

Lord Fujiwara no Tamehide

An AI generated image of a field of pampas grass with lighting illuminating droplets of water of the grass.
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A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 7

たつたがはあきはみづなくあせななむあかぬもみぢのながるればをし[1]

tatsutagawa
aki wa mizu naku
asena namu
akanu momiji no
nagarureba oshi
The river Tatsuta
In autumn, lacks water and
Is shallow, indeed, but though
I never tire of the scarlet leaves
When they flow by, how I do regret it!

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いなづまはあるかなきかに見ゆれどもあきのたのみはほにぞいでける

inazuma wa
aru ka naki ka ni
miyuredomo
aki no tanomi wa
ho ni zo idekeru
A flash of lightning:
It may, or may not
Appear, yet
In autumn you can trust that
Ripened ears of rice will.

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[1] This poem was included in Gosenshū (VII: 416).