kimi kozu wa hitori ya nenan sasa no miyama mo
soyo ni sayagu shimoyo wo
"Without your love, I am lying alone in my bed,
on this frosty night, listening as the bamboo leaves rustle..."
Fujiwara no Kiyosuke (1104-1177), SKKS 616.
This poem is a reference to Hitomaru's poem SKKS 900:
sasa no ha ya miyama mo soyo ni midaru nari
ware wa imo omou wakarekinureba
"Deep in the mountains the bamboo leaves rustle...
I am thinking of my loved one, whom I left behind."
Hitomaru's poems is vague on the point if the separation was final, or only temporary, and if it is actually a breakup between them, or just a matter of the circumstances, and they'll meet soon again. Kiyosuke takes the first interpretation, and creates the image of a man whose love is refused, and who went into the deep mountains to hide his passion...
Translation (C) 2007, Zoltan Barczikay.