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Poem 34 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   tare o ka mo

shiru hito ni semu

   Takasago no

matsu mo mukashi no

tomo naranaku ni

   Who is there to claim

as someone I truly know?

   At Takasago,

even the pines are not

my friends of long ago.

-- Fujiwara no Okikaze


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