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SZS XVI: 981

Composed when he composed a large number of poems about the moon.


sazanami ya
kunitumikami no
Furuki miyako ni
tuki Fitori sumu
Wavelets have washed
The guardian god
Chilling his heart, for
At the ancient capital
The solitary moon shines clear.

The Hosshōji Lay Priest and Former Chancellor and Palace Minister

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Love X: 16

Left (Win)

sazanami ya
shigatsu no ama ni
mirume wa nakute
sode no shioruru
Rocked by wavelets
A fisherman at Shiga Bay
Have I become!
Glimpsing no seaweed,
How my sleeves are soaked…

Lord Suetsune


ise no umi no
soko made kazuku
ama nare ya
mirume ni hito o
omou kokoro wa
At Ise, to the sea
Bed dive
Fisher-girls: Am I one, too?
A seaweed-tangled glimpse of you
Lodging in my heart…


The Right state: the Left’s poem has no faults to mention. The Left state: neither beginning nor end is sufficiently forcefully expressed.

In judgement: the conception and configuration of the Left’s ‘fisherman at Shiga Bay’ (shigatsu no ama) certainly seem splendid. That is really all there is to say about this poem. To make a deliberate point of seeking out elements which sound difficult is a pointless activity for the Way of Poetry and an individual poet. As for the Right’s poem, diving ‘to the sea bed’ (soko made) is just something that fisher-girls do. The Left must win.

Spring III: 24

Left (Tie).


morogoe ni
itaku na naki so
samo koso wa
ukinu no ike no
kawazu naritomo
O, that in such a chorus
They would not sing!
However much
A swamp the pond of
Frogs may be!

Lord Kanemune.


Right (Tie).


yo to tomo ni
nami no shita nite
naku kawazu
nani yue fukaki
urami naruran
With nightfall from
Beneath the wavelets
Call the frogs;
For what are such depths
Of despair…

Lord Takanobu.


Once again, neither team has anything special to say this round.

Shunzei’s judgement is, ‘Both poems are similar in expression, mentioning “frogs” (kawazu), “swamp” (ukinu) and “depths of despair” (fukaki urami). The round should tie.’

Spring III: 23

Left (Win).


ame sosoku
ike no ukikusa
kaze koete
nami to tsuyu to ni
kawazu nakunari
Rain drifts down
Upon the duckweed in the pond,
Driven by the wind
Among wavelets and dewfall
The frogs are calling.

A Servant Girl.




niwa no omo wa
hitotsu ni miyuru
ukikusa o
koko zo migiwa to
kawazu nakunari
The garden’s face
Seems as one
With the duckweed;
‘Here lies the water’s edge,’
The frogs are calling…



Neither Right nor Left has any particular remarks to make about the other’s poem this round.

Shunzei says, ‘Both poems are splendid in form, but the Left’s ‘among the wavelets and dewfall’ (nami to tsuyu to ni) is particularly pleasing. It must win.

SKS I: 1

During the reign of Retired Emperor Horikawa, when he offered a hundred poem sequence, he composed this in the conception of the beginning of Spring.


koFori wisi
siga no karasaki
sazanami yosuru
Faru kaze zo Fuku
Once ice-locked,
Around Kara Cape in Shiga
There is a melting and
The wavelets lap
With the blowing breeze of Spring.

Minister of the Treasury [Ōe no] Masafusa