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GSIS XII: 703

To someone who had said, on a day when the rain was pouring down, that the rain was the tears on his sleeves.

見し人に忘られて降る袖にこそ身を志る雨はいつもをやまね

misi Fito ni
wasurarete Furu
sode ni koso
mi wo siru ame Fa
itumo wo yamane
A man saw me
Then forgotten did I spend my days
Upon my sleeves
The rain-knowing well my fate-
Never ceases falling.

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部

KKS XVII: 923

Composed when people had gathered below Nunohiki Falls and were composing poems.

ぬきみだる人こそあるらし白玉のまなくもちるか袖のせばきに

nukimidaru
Fito koto arurasi
siratama no
ma naku mo tiru ka
sode no sebaki ni
Plucking them apart to glimpse their disarray:
There must be someone there!
White jewelets
Scattering without a halt,
And my sleeve too narrow!

Narihira
業平