Scattered Orange Blossoms

The Emperor calls
I accompany him to
the Summer Palace
The orange blossoms will scatter
Ere I return, my princess
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Young Maple

Cooling on the porch
I think of when I lay in
A young maple’s shade

The fragrant south wind kisses
Young leaves switching clothes at last
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Willow

Behold the willow
Leaves yarn on an inkle loom
Roots seek new knowledge
One branch will grow into tree
When trained by Lady Gwynneth
Sugawara no Tokihira

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New Jewel Moon

The new jewel moon
A black pearl at noon
Switching clothes today
Sovereign’s word obey
Sugawara no Tokihira

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Coronation

What cares should I have?
My heart remains untroubled
The red-fingered sun
Followed by eternal moon
Guarantees your victory

Sugawara no Tokihira

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