Oriori no Uta : Poems for All Seasons

It drops behind, sweeps up

the wind and off

it goes―sandpiper!

Kago no Chiyojo

From Chiyo Ni Kushū. Sandpipers often fly playfully in groups. This poem describes how one sandpiper suddenly drops behind, as though falling, then somersaults and flies off to rejoin its fellows. Kaze hiroi yuku,”sweeps up the wind,”is an especially vivid phrase. The power of observation and the choice of words are no less than one would expect of this poet that Hokuriku proudly claims as its own. The fact that she was beautiful added to her celebrity, and several poems that the never wrote have been attributed to her. Such, perhaps, is the price of fame.

 

こぼれてKoboretewa
kaze拾いhiroiyuku
chidoriかなkana

加賀千代女(かがのちよじょ)

『千代尼句集』所収。千鳥はよく群れて遊び、また飛ぶ。この句は群れて飛ぶ千鳥の中から一羽がふとこぼれるように落後し、反転してまた仲間に追いついて飛んでゆくさまを詠んでいるが、「風拾ひ行」がいい。見る眼、表現する言葉、いずれもさすが北陸に千代尼ありと喧伝されただけのことはある。美貌だったことが名声に輪をかけ、自作でない句までいくつも彼女の作とされたのも、まあ有名税といったところか。