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Hyakunin Isshu: poem 30 (Mibu no Tadamine・ ariake no)

The sight of the lonely moon in the early morning reminds me of the lonely dawns after we parted. 
有明の ariake no つれなく見えし tsurenaku mieshi 別れより wakare yori あかつきばかり akatsuki bakari 憂きものはなし uki mono wa nashi 
Mibu no Tadamine Mibu no Tadamine 壬生忠岑 was born around the year 850. Father of Mibu no Tadami  壬生忠見 (dates unknown; poem 41), Tadamine was valued as a poet, which is illustrated by both Fujiwara no Kintō 藤原公任 (966-1041; poem 55) selecting him as one of Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals (三十六歌仙Sanjūrokkasen), and records of Fujiwara no Teika 藤原定家 (1162-1241; poem 97), compiler of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu小倉百人一首, appreciating his poetry.
One of the great poets of his day, Tadamine, together with Ki no Tsurayuki 紀貫之 (866/872-954), Ki no Tomonori 紀友則 (845-907), and Ōshikōchi no Mitsune 凡河内躬恒 (859-925), was tasked to compile the first imperial poetry anthology, Kokin wakashū 古今和歌集(Collection from Ancient and Modern Times; Kokinshū古今集 for short, 905). 35 of his poems are in Kokinshū, a total of 82 in different im…