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(Ukifune 1882.  Toyohara.

Japanese Art Open Database)

 

Treacherous river,

you have drowned many people.

If she were to die,

Ukifune considered,

it would end her woes.

She developed a talent:

dissimulation.

The general clearly knew

that something was going on.

Her indecision

led to a paralysis.

She longed for an end –

the world seemed only torment.

Even Death was to elude her.