Commonly known as Imaki-gire (今城切)
Late Heian period, 12th century
Page from book, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on paper
25.3 x 15.9 cm (10 x 6 1/4 in.)
By unknown poet
If things have come to this / why not simply say that you no longer love [me] / that our union has broken / like bright jeweled suspenders.
Ah for a way to hide myself and peer into each secret recess / within the mysterious heart of one who claims he loves [me].
Although I love him / he only says he does not love me / ah no, I must not go on loving / for my love is unavailing.