The least lovely poem in the entire Manyōshū

I think I found it.

香塗流 塔尓莫依 川隈乃 屎鮒喫有 痛女奴


kau nureru tau ni na yori so kahakuma no kusohuna hameru itaki meyatuko

Don't come near the incense-fragrant tower, you horrible, river-toilet shit-carp-eating bitch.

This was improvised by one Naga no Okimaro, the challenge being that his poem had to include the words "incense", "tower", "toilet", "shit", "carp", and "slave" "servant, inferior". "Toilet" was actually supposed to be 厠 (/kahaya/) but he used 川隈 (/kahakuma/, "river-nook") instead, because it was understood to mean more or less the same thing. Shit-carp (屎鮒) thrive there, natch. "Servant/inferior", meanwhile, is within the word meyakko ("woman-slave" or "female servant [derog.]"), which I have here translated as "bitch" for poetic reasons.

More information on Okimaro can be found on the internet.

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Well, that's a sock in the gut after Nakahara Chūya...


Oh no, it's very nice. Makes me want to pull out the old blues guitar and set it to music.


It ain't all sakura and snow...

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