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Poem 15 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   kimi ga tame

haru no no ni idete

   wakana tsumu

wa ga koromode ni

yuki wa furitsutsu


   As I gather herbs

from this field in early spring,

   intending them for you,

the snow continues falling

on my outstretched sleeves.

-- Emperor Kōkō

For notes and more poems, start here.





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