60. In May 1896, mysterious mushrooms were growing in Jokei’s courtyard – No. 2


丙申五月、恕卿所居、庭前生靈芝。恕卿因徴余詩。余辭以不文。恕卿不聽、賦以爲贈。恕卿者片嶺氏、余僚友也。

其二

禄薄而無慍

旻天降厥靈

三莖抱石紫

瑞氣滿門庭

In May 1896, mysterious mushrooms were growing in Jokei’s courtyard. Jokei therefore asked me to write a poem. I declined, stating my poetry to be unworthy. He would not take no for an answer. I composed a poem and presented it as a gift.  Jokei is Mr. Katamine, my colleague.

No. 2

A low salary but no complaints;

From heaven descends those miracles.

Embracing a stone in three stems, purple;

An auspicious air fills the gated courtyard.


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