61. In May 1896, mysterious mushrooms were growing in Jokei’s courtyard. – No. 3


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。

其三

朱蓋涵甘露

紫莖抽綠苔

恕卿三顧出

公退笑顔開

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. 3

Red caps moistened in sweet dew,

Purple stems stick up in green moss.

Jokei is worried about them on his way out,

And smiles to see them safe on his return.


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