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It is the time of rain and snow

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.


Izumi Shikibu

Date Published: 1955-01-01

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