SKS IX: 311

A man who she had been seeing in secret-what can he have been thinking?-returned home after it was light on the morning of the Fifth Day of the Fifth Month, saying, ‘This morning, I am happy to show myself!’; she composed this in reply.


kari ni mo kuramu
mono yuFe ni
neya no tuma to ya
Fito no miruran
Sweet flags
To pick-and as briefly have you been here-
But even so,
Within lies your wife-as you open the shutters
Is that what folk will see?

Izumi Shikibu

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