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Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 22

ありへてもくちしはてねばをみなへしひとさかりゆくあきもありけり

arietemo
kuchishihateneba
ominaeshi
hito sakariyuku
aki mo arikeri
Long has she lingered there, yet
Has not begun to wither, but
The maidenflower
Has folk pass her by, too,
When autumn comes.

43

おほよそになべてをらるなをみなへしのちうきものぞひとのこころは

ōyoso ni
nabete oraru na
ominaeshi
nochi uki mono zo
hito no kokoro wa
Perfunctorily,
Carelessly, aren’t you plucked,
O, maidenflower,
And then a cruel thing, indeed,
Is a man’s heart…

44

Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 07

Left

ひとのみることやくるしきをみなへしあきぎりにのみたちかくるらむ

hito no miru
koto ya kurushiki
ominaeshi
akigiri ni nomi
tachikakururamu
For man to gaze on you,
Is it so painful,
O, Maidenflower,
That simply in the autumn mists
You must hide yourself away?

Tadamine
13[1]

Right

とりてみばはかなからんやをみなへしそでにつつめるしらつゆのたま

torite miba
hakanakaran ya
ominaeshi
sode ni tsutsumeru
shiratsuyu no tama
If I pick and look
How fleeting are
Upon a maidenflower,
Enveloped in my sleeves
Silver dewdrop pearls.

14


[1] KKS IV: 235

Fubokushō IX: 3430

From the poetry contest in 1500 rounds.

見ぬ人をまつの木かげの苔むしろ猶敷島ややまとなでしこ

minu hito o
matsu no kokage no
kokemushiro
nao shikishima ya
yamato nadeshiko
For a man unseen
She pines in the shadow of the trees
On a mossy bed for
Her coverlet, the isles that make
Yamato – a pink!

Kūnaikyō, in service to Former Emperor Gotoba

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 47

Left

雁のねは風にきほひてわたれどもわが待つ人のことづてぞなき

kari no ne wa
kaze ni kioite
wataredomo
wa ga matsu hito no
kotozute zo naki
The goose cries
Competing with the wind
Come across, yet
From the man I’m waiting for
There is no word at all…

92

Right

大空をとりかへすとも見えなくにほしかとみゆる秋の草かな

ōzora o
torikaesu tomo
mienaku ni
hoshi ka to miyuru
aki no kusa kana
The heavens
Claimed back, they
Do not appear to be, yet
Somehow, they seem like stars:
These autumn grasses!

93

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 35

Left

夏の日を天雲しばしかくさなむぬるほどもなく明くる夜にせん

natsu no hi o
amagumo shibashi
kakusanamu
nuru hodo mo naku
akuru yo ni sen
The summer sun is
Briefly by heaven’s clouds
Concealed!
No time to sleep in
The bright night they’ve made!

68

Right

郭公なきつる夏の山辺にはくつていださぬ人やすむらむ

hototogisu
nakitsuru natsu no
yamabe ni wa
kutsute idasanu
hito ya sumuramu
A cuckoo
Singing in summer
On the mountainside:
Does a man who will not reveal
The price of shoes live there?

69

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 17

Left

梅の花香をばとどめて色をのみ年ふる人の袖にそむらむ

mume no hana
ka oba todomete
iro o nomi
toshi furu hito no
sode ni somuramu
The plum blossoms’
Scent remains, while
Their hues
An aging man’s
Sleeves do seem to dye.

33

Right

あかずして過行く春の人ならばとくかへりこといはましものを

akazushite
sugiyuku haru no
hito naraba
toku kaeri koto
iwamashi mono o
Unsated by
The passing spring:
If you are such a one, then
Hastily return, is
What I’d want to say.

34

Love IX: 12

Left (Win)
住みなれし人はこずゑに絶えはてて琴の音にのみ通ふ松風

suminareshi
hito wa kozue ni
taehatete
koto no ne ni nomi
kayou matsukaze
Accustomed to his being here,
Now, he comes not and from the treetops
All that endures
Are my zither’s strains,
Blending with the pines.

Lord Ari’ie
1103

Right
聞かじただつれなき人の琴の音にいとはず通ふ松の風をば

kikaji tada
tsurenaki hito no
koto no ne ni
itowazu kayou
matsu no kaze o ba
I will listen no more!
To that cruel man’s
Zither strains
Heedlessly blending
With the wind from off the pines…

Nobusada
1104

The Right state: it sounds as if the man is enduring on the treetops. The Left state: ‘I will listen no more!’ (kikaji tada) is extremely coarse.

In judgement: while it may sound as if the man is enduring on the treetops in the Left’s poem, this is no more than a standard use of metaphorical expression, and the configuration of ‘accustomed to his being here, now, he comes not and from the treetops’ (suminareshi hito wa kozue ni) sounds fine, with the latter part of the poem also being elegant. The initial line of the Right’s poem has a conception of closing up the ears to block one’s auditory sense, which seems excessive. Clearly, the Left’s ‘my zither’s strains’ (koto no ne ni nomi) must win.

Love IX: 4

Left (Tie)
うらやましわがりこちくと笛の音を頼むる中の人は聞くらん

urayamashi
wagari kochiku to
fue no ne o
tanomuru naka no
hito wa kikuran
O, how I envious I am!
To my house comes, a bamboo
Flute’s strains – from
A trustworthy, loving
Man, it sounds…

Lord Suetsune
1087

Right
より竹の君によりけんことぞ憂き一夜のふしに音のみ泣かれて

yoritake no
kimi ni yoriken
koto zo uki
hitoyo no fushi ni
ne nomi nakarete
Bamboo flotsam –
That you should draw near
Is cruel, indeed, for
A single night together, brings
Only the sound of weeping…

Lord Tsune’ie
1088

‘Flotsam of bamboo’ (yoritake) and ‘comes, a bamboo’ (kochiku) are equally unsatisfying.

In judgement: ‘Flotsam of bamboo’ and ‘comes, a bamboo’ are of equal quality.