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Poem 89 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   tama-no-o yo

taenaba taene


shinoburu koto no

yowari mo zo suru


   Precious thread of life,

if you are to break, then break.

   Should I go on living,

I would only lose the strength

to conceal what I must bear.

-- Princess Shokushi

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