Daini no Sanmi (Lady Kataiko)
Sends his rustling winds across
Ina's bamboo-plains –
Even so, I can
Never forsake you.
was I troubled
when you talked
Was it because
We do not have a Hokusai illustration for this poem. Any image of a lady anxiously parsing her lover's vacillating opinion concerning her steadiness or constancy would do.
The poet was Lady Murasaki's daughter, and an important Court retainer in her own right.
Risa speaks of her own discomfort when her loved one spoke of an enthusiasm she could not share, leading her to thoughts of separation -- a kind of death.