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Thought I was free

Saigyo 1118 (Kyoto) – 1190



Thought I was free
of passion, so this melancholy
comes as surprise:
a woodcock shoots up from the marsh
where autumn's twilight falls.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Saigyō Hōshi was a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period. more…

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