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Friday, July 19, 2013

A POEM BY JAPANESE POET SAGA NOBUYUKI

Hiroshima memorial



          THE MYTH OF HIROSHIMA


What are they looking for,

running to the summit of lost time?

Hundreds of people vaporized instantly

are walking in mid-air.


     "We don't die."

     "We skipped over death in a flash and became spirits."

     "Give us a real, human death."


One man's shadow among hundreds is branded on stone steps.


     "Why am I imprisoned in stone?"

     "Where did my flesh go, separated from its shadow?"

     "What must I wait for?"


The 20th century myth is stamped with fire.

Who will free this shadow from the stone?



                              ---- Saga Nobuyuki  (1902-?)
                                     tr by kijima hajime



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