(Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chapter 49: Tale of Genji)
She who was known as
The Wistaria lady
had just one daughter.
Would she succeed where she’d failed?
She would not find out;
all too soon, she passed away.
The motherless girl
had no strong support at court:
the frost-fringed chrysanthemums
a chilly comment
on her sad predicament.
Kaoru was chosen.
The Emperor summoned him
and asked him to pluck a bloom.