"Once, while someone was talking about a quite ordinary matter, sudden memories arose in me, and for no reason at all the tears began to flow so fast that I could not hold them back:

Uki koto no
itsumo sou mi wa
nani to shi mo
omoiaede mo
namida ochikeri

In every moment
sorrow clings to me,
so even when
I can find no cause for them,
still, drops of tears fall."

Lady Daibu, Heian era, Japan

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