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You Say, "I Will Come"

Lady Otomo No Sakanoe

You say, "I will come."
And you do not come.
Now you say, "I will not come.
So I shall expect you.
Have I learned to understand you?

Translated from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

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"You Say 'I Will Come'" by Lady Otomo No Sakanoe from 100 Poems from the Japanese, translated by Kenneth Rexroth. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

 

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