Loosed Words: Japanese shortsSelected tanka
-by Ono no Komachi
In the waking world
you must, I suppose, take care,
but how it pains me
that you should keep out of sight
even in the realm of dreams.
Yielding to a love
that recognizes no bounds,
I will go by night --
for the world will not censure
one who treads the path of dreams.