When he had gone to the province of Michinoku as its governor, he saw a withered pine tree at Takekuma, and had a sapling planted to replace it; after finishing his posting, he returned to the same province later, and saw the pine he had planted once more.
uesi toki tigiri ya si ken takekuma no matu wo Futatabi aFimituru kana
When I planted you Did I make a vow, perhaps? That Takekuma’s Pine once more I would encounter!
During the reign of former Emperor Ichijō, around the time Her Majesty, the Empress, first made the acquaintence of Sei Shōnagon, she had to leave for two or three days in the Third Month, and this was sent to her from Her Majesty.
ika ni site
suginisi kata wo
kinoFu keFu kana
What ever was
The way I spent my time before?
And, how can I pass it now?
Suffering in darkness
Have these days gone by…