Has the One You Love by Ki no Akimine

Has the one you love
left for a summer retreat
in distant mountains
oh nightingale—is that why
you raise your sorrowful cries?

From: Rodd, Laura Rasplica with Henkenius, Mary Catherine (ed. and transl.), Kokinshū: A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern, 2004, Cheng & Tsui Company: Boston, p. 93.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=Lp_M3Qq88PkC)

Date: c890 (original in Japanese); 1984 (translation in English)

By: Ki no Akimine (9th century)

Translated by: Laurel Rasplica Rodd (19??- )

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