SZS XVI: 962

Around the Twelfth month, a bitter man who had knocked at her gate and then returned home, sent to her asking if her gate would be open in the new year; so she composed this in reply:


ta ga sato no
Faru no tayori ni
uguFisu no
kasumi ni toduru
yado wo touran
To whose house, indeed!
Bearing spring missives,
Would the warbler,
To a haze-hidden
House, come visiting?

Murasaki Shikibu

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