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(Metropolitan Museum Art http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/;

Momoyama period. Tale of Genji)


…difficult to leave –

the cherry blossoms in bud

and also the mists

from the mountains, in evening.

She had misgivings,

but put on her floral robes

for the city move.

She thought of her dead sister.

Kaoru offered his service.

She was so distressed.

Poignancy of rose plum scent

tinctured memories.

She gifted her combs to nuns

and the carriages arrived.