SKKS XV: 1344

Written in place of a man, when a lady who had promised to do so failed to reply to him.


ima kon to
iu koto no ha mo
kareyuku ni
yona yona tsuyu no
nani ni okuran
“I’ll be back soon!”
Those words of yours, like leaves
Have withered; and
Night after night, the dewdrops:
What should they fall upon?

Izumi Shikibu

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