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Poem - Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) #1

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) is a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred waka-poems by one hundred poets in the thirteenth century. My challenge is to translate the poems and write a return poem (返歌) in English. 

The first poem:


After harvested fields 
in a borrowed shack, 
through the patched straw roof 
dewdrops creep down,   
soaking my sleeves over the long night. 
--Emperor Tenchi 
--Translated by Naoko Fujimoto 

A poem written in response from me to Emperor Tenchi

My white sandals stain summer dirt  
under an empty blanket. 
I want a brush to paint 
what you see in the field,
though I only have brown in my pocket.


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Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) #4

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首) #9
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