Whose Land Is It Anyway?

At long last I stop
A long pilgrimage over
Shadowed moon above
The workers tilling fields
As if this land was their land
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Sapphire Sparks

A precious jewel
How brilliant the sapphire sparks
Lustrous and polished
Radiant gem set to blaze
Ere the Dream should awaken
Sugawara no Tokihira

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On the Occasion of a Pelican’s Vigil

Music in the grove
Breeze dances through the willows
In blossoms bees stir
From the vigil endeavoured
Behold the fledgling arise
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Just Punishment

What a so-and-so!
When you needle like that it
Leaves me in stitches.
How can I now pick up the
Lost thread of conversation?
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Cherry Viewing Poetry

The mountain temple
Rises tall from Fuji’s slope
Cherry beneath snow
Arranged by the gods themselves
We watch the ceremony
Sugawara no Tokihira

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