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yorukamome [userpic]
new essays in gyōshō and sōshō


Fushimi in’no Shinsaishō (dates unknown), sister of Yamamoto Kaneyuki, lady-in-waiting to the retired Emperor Fushimi (early 14th century) – from the “Fūgashū (Collection of Elegance)”, 1347.

nerareneba tada tsukuzuke to mono o omou kokoro ni kawaru tomoshibi ni iro

unable to sleep
I lose myself so wholly
in thoughts of love
that my heart becomes one
with the colour of my lamp


Lady Ukon (右近) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukon_(poet)
from the "hyakunin isshu ・ 百人一首" (one hundred poems by one hundred poets) - poem # 38:

wasuraruru mi woba omowazu chikahite-shi hito no inochi no oshiku mo aru kana

I am forsaken
but about myself I don’t care
I must fear instead
for the life you swore away
when we made our vows of love


Murasaki Shikibu 「 紫式部」http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murasaki_Shikibu

めぐりあひて 見しやそれとも わかぬ間に 雲がくれにし 夜半の月かげ
meguriaite mishi ya sore to mo wakanu ma ni kumo ga kurenishi yowa no tsukikage

quite by chance we met
and then before I was sure
who it really was
the moonlight had disappeared
hidden behind midnight clouds


Eifuku Mon'in 「永福門院?」, 1271–1342, a consort of the 92nd Emperor, Fushimi.

tanomeneba hito ya ha uki to omoinasedo koyoi motsui ni akenikeri

he made no promise
so I try to tell myself
not to be bitter
until this long night too
ends with a lonely dawn


(fujiwara no shunzei, 1114-1204 - from "senzai wakashu"

omohi amari sonata no sora o nagamureba kasumi o wakete harusame zo furu

overcome by love
I gazed upon the sky
about where you dwell
and saw the haze parted there
by a shower of spring rain


I didn't know that. Learn something new every day! I think you are doing a beautiful job teaching yourself. :)