Testing Up

I just submitted some kana for a level up test. This is the first time that I get to choose what to write, how to write it, and how to arrange it on a page. It was like trying to play improvisational jazz after two piano lessons. I was paralyzed. I finally struggled through and got a sense of composition. The result is below. Notice that all the lines start at different heights, and end at different points. I used some kanji, too, where the lines get complex.

It reads

kirisame no、komakani kakaru、neko yanagi 、tsuku zuku mireba、haru taki ni keri

or

霧雨の細かにかかる猫柳 つくづく見れば春たけにけり

or

gazing at the willow, covered in fine mist, spring has come

My translation

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