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.