MYS XI: 2355

utukusi tö
wa ga omopu imo pa
paya mo sinanu ka
ikeri tö mo
wa ni yörubësi tö
pito nö iwanaku ni
How lovely
I thought my darling:
Oh, that she would swiftly die,
For, living
Would she cleave to me?
There’s no word of it.

This poem is included in the Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro Kashū “The Hitomaro Collection” – while there is still disagreement over the provenance of many of its poems, there is at least the possibility that he wrote this.


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