When he had had a relationship with the Superintendent of the Palace Wardrobe Office for a number of years, he became unable to meet with her and on the final day of the year sent her:


mono omoFu
suguru tuki Fi mo
siranu ma ni
kotosi Fa keFu ni
Fatenu to ka kiku
In gloomy thought
I’ve passed the days and months
All unknowing; then
That this year on this very day
Will end, I heard.

Fujiwara no Atsutada (906-940)

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