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(William Sturgis Bigelow collection, MFA, Boston)

 

Her women withdrew.

The breeze rustled the bamboo.

Now was the auspicious time.

Unexpected revulsion

at his advances!

His reproach came by letter

and further assaults

in increased correspondence.

She felt the trap was closing.

Business-like replies

on Michinoku paper

were all she could send.

To depend on such a man

was regrettably one’s fate.