When Narihira’s mother, the Princess, was living at Nagaoka, he found it difficult to get leave from his court duties and so was not able to visit her often. Around the Twelfth Month, a letter came from his mother, apparently on an extremely pressing matter; when he opened the letter and looked at it, there was no message, only this poem.


saranu wakare mo
ari to iFeba
iyoiyo mimaku
Fosiki kimi kana
As I have grown old,
Our final parting
Will come soon, I feel, so
At the last, I wish to see
You, my lord.

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