On this day I felt that my grief was to end. The brilliant rays of sunlight did not bother me at all as I stood alone in the courtyard watching the dignitaries depart one by one after the services, and for once I felt no need to express my sorrow to someone.

A long span of time
My sleeves never dry:
Today, I understand, tears cease. [5.26]

sad girl



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From The Confessions of Lady Nijō, translated by Karen Brazell - About this site