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Poem 39 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   asajiu no

ono no shinohara


amarite nado ka

hito no koishiki


   My feelings remain

concealed -- bamboo grass

   in a field of reeds.

Yet why should it be so strong,

this love of mine for another?

-- Counselor Hitoshi

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