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Lady Nijo

  • ... sometimes I imagined that the wild geese winging through the cloudy sky had chosen the ivy around my worry-filled house to shed their tears on.

    • Lady Nijo,
    • 1284, in Karen Brazell, trans., Confessions of Lady Nijo ()
  • Though I live elsewhere, / Could I ever forget / The clear moon shining down / On that familiar place?

    • Lady Nijo,
    • 1291, in Karen Brazell, trans., Confessions of Lady Nijo ()
  • How many days and nights? / One cannot determine life / From this dawn to the next.

    • Lady Nijo,
    • 1302, in Karen Brazell, trans., Confessions of Lady Nijo ()
  • That all my dreams might not prove empty, I have been writing this useless account — though I doubt it will long survive me.

    • Lady Nijo,
    • 1306, in Karen Brazell, trans., Confessions of Lady Nijo ()

Lady Nijo, Japanese poet

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