☆Takechi-no Muraji Kurohito’s poem created during his trip (one of eight):
Forlorn in the trip,
Down the harbour from the hill,
Overlook and see,
A dory coated vermillion
Being rowed out to the sea…
As is the general tendency of Kurohito’s poems, this one also suggests an intricate anxiety to the future and to the things unseen, unlike many other works by other “court-poets and -poetesses” who often wholeheartedly praise the existence itself and the virtues and heroic achievements of the emperors/empresses, and unlike those who long to pay attention to their country and family back home.
In this sense, we may say that Kurohito is closer to the modern time poets, more inclined to bring their sentiments of unease and anxiety (or pleasure and joy at times) to the surface of the human life.