Friday, October 28, 2005

5 Tanka

just for fun
I put Mother on my back

she weighs so
little that I start crying

and can't walk three steps


beastly face
with a mouth that opens
and closes

is all I see

of the man giving a talk


I work

and work yet my life
impoverished as ever

I gaze at my hands


I close my eyes

yet nothing whatever
floats up in my mind

out of sheer loneliness
I reopen them


what lies in my heart
may be heard

I quickly draw back my chest

from the stethoscope


-- Ishikawa Takuboku


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