SKKS XVI: 1499

Someone who had been a childhood friend came to see her briefly after some years on about the tenth day of the Seventh Month; they raced the faint moon home, so she composed:


mishi ya sore tomo
wakanu ma ni
yowa no tsuki kage
You came by, and
I wondered if ’twas you, yet
Before I could be sure,
‘Twas hidden in the clouds:
The midnight moonlight.

Murasaki Shikibu

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