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I let them pile up, I let them slide down: the fallen leaves on the roof

たまるに任せ落つるに任す屋根落葉

tamaru ni makase otsuru ni makasu yane ochiba

(Takahama Kyoshi 高浜虚子)

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Fallen leaves, ochiba, are a winter season word.

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Journal of Japanese Poetry Translation

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