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It is the time of rain and snow
I spend sleepless nights
And watch the frost
Frail as your love
Gathers in the dawn.
From Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese, translated by Kenneth Rexroth. From the original by Izumi Shikibu. Copyright © 1955 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. All rights reserved.