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Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 21

とこやまねふみわけてくしかはじとやおもふひてあきには

otokoyama
mine fumiwakete
naku shika wa
heji to ya omou
shiite aki ni wa
Upon Otoko Mountain’s
Peak treads
A belling stag:
I wonder, does he not wish
To have to endure the autumn?

41

ぐらやまねのもみぢばにをいとにてかおりけむるやしらずや

ogurayama
mine no momijiba
nani o ito ni
hete ka orikemu
shiru ya shirazu ya
On Ogura Mountain’s
Peak, the scarlet leaves
Somehow, as warp threads
Crossing, woven seem—
Who knows that? No one, I expect!

42

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 41

Left

我のみやあはれとおもはむきりぎりす鳴く夕かげのやまとなでしこ

ware nomi ya
aware to omowan
kirigirisu
naku yūkage no
yamato nadeshiko
Is it only I
Who loves it so?
Crickets
Chirping in the evening shadows
On the wild pinks.

Sosei

80[1]

Right

秋の野の草はいととはみえなくにおく白露の玉とつらなる

aki no no no
kusa wa ito to wa
mienaku ni
oku shiratsuyu no
tama to tsuranaru
In the autumn meadows
The grasses, threads
Do not appear to be, yet
The fallen silver dewdrop
Gems are strung upon them.

Tsurayuki
81


[1] Kokinshū IV: 244

Chūjō miyasudokoro uta’awase

Composed when it was said that a poetry competition was to be held at the residence of the Ninna Middle Captain Lady of the Bedchamber.
花のちることやわびしき春霞たつたの山のうぐひすのこゑ

Fana no tiru
koto ya wabisiki
Farugasumi
tatuta no yama no
uguFisu no kowe
The falling of the flowers
Is sad, indeed;
In the spring haze
On Tatsuta Mountain
A warbler cries…

Fujiwara no Chikage
藤原後蔭

1[1]

Composed when it was said that a poetry competition was to be held at the residence of the Ninna Middle Captain Lady of the Bedchamber.
惜しと思ふ心は糸に縒られなむ散る花ごとに貫きてとどめむ

osi to omoFu
kokoro Fa ito ni
yorarenamu
tiru Fana goto ni
nukite todomemu
A regretful
Heart with threads
Does seem to be entangled;
Every single scattered bloom
Will I thread on them to keep.

Sosei
素性

2[2]


[1]This poem is included in Kokinshū (II: 108).

[2]This poem is included in Kokinshū (II: 114) and also in Sosei-shū 素性集 (16), where in some versions the headnote reads ‘[Composed] on the profusion of blossom when it was decided there would be poetry match at the residence of the Ninnaji Middle Captain Lady of the Bedchamber’.