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Back to The Tale of Genji and another choka:




The wormwood unpruned

and the bullrushes thickened;

bindweed chokes the gate;

brambles deter thieves, while dust

settles in the hall.

Outside tree spirits,

now emboldened, break cover.

Though neglected, she keeps faith.

The Prince passes by;

detects familiar scent:

the wistaria!

Her stoicism

lends her added dignity;

her defects seem diminished.