Ise Shū 19

The same lady had a man with whom she had spoken desultorily over a number of years. When she failed to reply to his letters, he said, ‘Why don’t you even at the very least say, “I’ve seen it‘ and nicknamed her ‘Seen it!’. Getting up to leave, the man composed:

たちかへりふみゆかざらば浜千鳥跡見つとだに君言はましや

tatikaFeri
Fumi yukazaraba
Fama tidori
ato mitu to dani
kimi iFamasi ya
Time and time again
If letters fail to come,
‘On the beach the plovers’
Tracks
I’ve seen,’ and that’s all
I wish you’d say!

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