Recently I’ve been attempting to memorize all of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a famous collection of 100 poems by 100 poets), so you’ll probably be seeing a lot of little posts like this. This poem was written by the retired Emperor Yōzei (陽成院) and is the 13th poem in the collection.
Like the Mina River
which courses down from the peak
of Mount Tsukuba,
so my love has grown ever deeper,
forming into a great reservoir.
筑波嶺（つくばね）の 峰より落つる 男女川（みなのがは） 恋（こひ）ぞつもりて 淵（ふち）となりぬる