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Poem 59 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets

 

   yasurawade

nenamashi monoo

   sayo fukete

katabuku made no

tsuki o mishi kana

 

   I should have known

not to wait to go to sleep,

   yet the night wore on

and I watched the moon until

it descended in the sky.

-- Akazome Emon

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