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Entō ōn’uta’awase 4

Round Four

Left (Win)

あけぬるか霞の衣たちかへり猶君が代の春をまつかな

akenuru ka
kasumi no koromo
tachikaeri
nao kimi ga yo no
haru o matsu kana
Is it the breaking dawn that
Hazy raiment
Casts back?
Ever for my Lord’s reign’s
Springtime do I pine!

Novice Dōchin

7

Right

天の戸のあけゆく空はうれしきを猶はれやらず立つ霞かな

ama no to no
akeyuku sora wa
ureshiki o
nao hareyarazu
tatsu kasumi kana
That Heaven’s door
Opens to brighten the sky—
What joy, but
Still, never clearing is
The rising haze!

Dharma Master Nyogan

8

The Left poem’s links with celebration are certainly not something praiseworthy, but I am unable to accept the Right’s ‘joy’. Thus, the Left wins.

SKKS XVI: 1491

When the moon was shining brightly, when a shower-filled sky had cleared.

五月雨の空だにすめる月影に涙の雨ははるるまもなし

samidare no
sora dani sumeru
tsukikage ni
namida no ame wa
haruru ma mo nashi
Showers filled
The sky, yet even they end with bright
Moonlight, yet
The rainfall of my tears
Clears for not a moment.

Akazome Emon

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SKS IX: 324

When she had something on her mind and was unable to sleep, she sat awake all night gazing at the bright moon until dawn, and composed this when her garden became slightly darkened by a shower.

神無月あり明の空のしぐるるを又われならぬ人やみるらん

kaminaduki
ariake no sora no
sigururu wo
mata ware naranu
Fito ya miruran
In the Godless Month
The sky at dawn is
Covered with showers—
Other than I,
I wonder if he sees it, too?

Akazome Emon

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GSIS IX: 503

On seeing fisherfolk burning salt when he was on the road to Kumano, and felt particularly unwell.

旅の空夜半のけぶりとのぼりなばあまのもしほ火たくかとやみん

tabi no sora
yowa no keburi to
noborinaba
ama no mosiobi
taku ka to ya min
Should into my travel’s skies
One night as smoke
I rise,
The fisherfolk seaweed salt fires
Kindling—would it appear so, I wonder?

Former Emperor Kazan

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SCSS XIII: 830

When the Gokyōgoku Regent ordered her to produce a hundred poem sequence.

雲となり雨となりても身にそはばむなしき空をかたみとやみん

kumo to nari
ame to narite mo
mi ni sowaba
munashiki sora o
katami to ya min
Even should you become a cloud, and
Then become raindrops
Falling on my flesh, then
Would the vacant skies
I see as a keepsake, perhaps?

Kojijū

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SKKS XIV: 1295

When His Majesty ordered him to compose a poem for a love letter match, during the reign of former emperor Nijō.

わすれゆく人ゆゑそらをながむればたえだえにこそ雲もみえけれ

wasure yuku
hito yue sora o
nagamureba
taedae ni koso
kumo mo miekere
Forgetting me,
He is, so upon the sky
I turn my gaze, where
From time to time, indeed,
Clouds, too, do show themselves![i]

Minister of Justice Norikane

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[i] See Shige’ie-shū 232 for the reply to this poem in the match..

SZS XIV: 873

Composed on the conception of secret love, when His Majesty’s gentlemen presented hundred poem sequences during the reign of former emperor Nijō.

月待つと人にはいひてながむればなぐさめがたきゆふぐれの空

tsuki matsu to
hito ni wa iite
nagamureba
nagusamegatai
yūgure no sora
‘I’m waiting for the moon,’
I say to folk, but
Gazing out,
I find no consolation in
The twilight skies.

Minister of Justice Norikane

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