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KKS IV: 232

Composed and presented at the maidenflower [poetry] competition at the Suzaku Palace.

たが秋にあらぬものゆゑをみなへしなぞ色にいでてまだきうつろふ

ta ga aki ni
aranu mono yuFe
wominaFesi
nazo iro ni idete
madaki uturoFu
Alone for you Autumn
Has not come,
Maidenflowers,
So why do you colour
So swiftly, then fade?

Tsurayuki
貫之

KKS IV: 231

Composed and presented at the maidenflower [poetry] competition at the Suzaku Palace.

秋ならであふことかたきをみなへしあまのかはらにおひぬものゆゑ

aki narade
aFu koto kataki
wominaFesi
ama no kaFara ni
oFinu mono yuFe
Outside of autumn
It’s impossible to meet
Maidenflowers,
Though heaven’s river meadows
Are not where they grow.

Fujiwara no Sadakata

KKS IV: 230

Composed and presented at the maidenflower [poetry] competition at the Suzaku Palace.

をみなへし秋のの風にうちなびき心ひとつをたれによすらむ

wominaFesi
aki no nokaze ni
utinabiki
kokoro Fitotu wo
tare ni yosuran
The maidenflower,
With a breeze across the Autumn fields,
Waves back and forth;
Having but a single heart,
To whom does she incline, I wonder?

The Minister of the Left [Fujiwara no Tokihira].

KKS IV: 227

Composed when seeing maidenflowers at Man Mountain when going to Nara to visit Archbishop Henjō.

女郎花うしと見つつぞゆきすぐるをとこ山にしたてりと思へば

wominaFesi
usi to mitutu zo
ikisuguru
otokoyama ni si
tateri to omoFeba
Oh, maidenflowers,
How cruel to see you here
While passing by;
To think that you have
Stood upon Man Mountain…

Furu no Imamichi