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A Man Who Emblaces Earth
Mariko Sumikura
 
 
Preparing for the Journey 
 
 I was born naked.
Poorly prepared by my parents
For the journey,
It is only my body.
I treasure throughout my life.  
 
 
Train Window
 
 If the purpose is
Only to arrive,
My journey would be
Too miserable.
I enjoy the view from the window.  
 
 
Travel Shoes 
 
The shoes should be
Soft and Hard double-soled.
Once accustomed to them
I could kick the ground
Firmly.  
 
 
Attachment
 
It is hard to leave
Even a familiar bed.
Birth place, hometown,
Home country and much more
Stick to my back.  
 
 
Man’s love
 
It is
I
Who will melt
The icy body
Of yours.  
 
 
Comfort
 
Hope is
The driving force
For today you live.
Don’t give up
Even if it’s hard.  
 
 
A Boat’s Wake
 
I get sick
When gazing
At the swaying ripples
Made by myself.
I must look far ahead.  
 
 
Signs 
 
At the risk of her life,
My mother
Raised me,
Leaving her words and image
In my heart.  
 
 
Rain Shower 
 
Oh my dear,
You should use 
A small umbrella.
I am the travelling man,
I won’t melt.  
 
 
Blanket of Fallen Leaves 
 
Could it be right
That shiny leaves
As these
Are stepped on
And crumbled to dust?  
 
 
My love
 
I travel around
Without a destination.
Flapping in the wind,
You are like
The blades of grass.  
 
 
Forging 
 
The harder one is forged,
The stronger one becomes.
A steely body is made
To protect
Someone soft…  
 
 
Taboo 
 
While sighing,
I clamp my teeth shut.
If I lose my head
Over the tenderness of your love,
I can’t leave tomorrow.  
 
 
Bush Clover 
 
Comforted
By the blue moon,
Like a flood of tears,
A white bush clover drops its flowers
Full of distress.  
 
 
Lone Journey 
 
Having my luggage checked-in,
I roam around
Like an aimless dog.
Just to find the town quiet.
Shall I stay here longer?  
 
 
Midwinter 
 
Fallen down on the journey,
I see a little money left
Beside the pillow.
The midwinterIs creeping
In silently.  
 
 
A truck 
 
I push this truck
Up to the top of the slope.
I stretch my arms
Without releasing tension,
Without thinking .  
 
 
Horoscope 
 
You have only to look
At this star.
I see you
Shaken
By the horoscope forecast.  
 
 
Post Card 
 
A post card
Flies to any destination,
Even thought it carries a love
Which weighs
So much.  
 
 
Liquor 
 
The Logos is
The armor of literary man
Helping to make strong arguments.
Under the influence of
Liquor,I took it off that night.  
 
 
Woman in memories 
 
You were like
Tensed thread
When working;
Beautiful
Even with your rumpled hair.  
 
 
Morning Haze 
 
Every leaf
Covering the mountainIs
Taking a deep breath.
Winter haze shrouds
The chilly morning air.  
 
 
Spirit
 
 I’m in awe
Of the spiritual power
Of the words
As they are inheritedIn this land
From generation to generation. 
 
 
 A business Suit 
 
Touching
The heartbeat,
I bring with me
A single photo
Of my beloved one.  
 
 
A Crowd 
 
Like a river
The crowd flows through
On the New Year’s Eve.
They are going back
To their own nests.  
 
 
Rumination 
 
How painful it is
To go against the current.
It will simply end
If I say it
And that would be the end of all.  
 
 
Furious Love 
 
My love is
Only for once
Like the waterfall “Ryujin (Dragon)”.
Furiously it falls
Raising a cloud of droplets.  
 
 
Nostalgia 
 
The flood gates in my heart
Suddenly
Broke open.
I see you
Right over there.  
 
 
Dancer 
 
You are
Out of breath
Behind the stage.
I held your burning hands
You have everything  I don’t have.  
 
 
Spirit 
 
Fleeting, like a dream.
Time sways.
I shape the words
To carve
With clarity.  
 
 
Courage 
 
What I want
Is the courage to open
My own future,
Enveloped
Into the prominence.  
 
 
Fist 
 
This gaze
Of yours is like a fist,
Knocking powerfully
On the door at the bottom
Of my heart.  
 
 
Travel Map
 
 A point moves
To describe a line,
On the map of the journey,
And you are waiting
At a fixed point.  
 
 
Possession
 
 I’d like to keep
Beside me
And see
Good things,
As my own possession.  
 
 
Past 
 
The more I got to know,
The more painful it became,
To give up my ambition
And crush my feeling
With you in the past.  
 
 
Reborn 
 
Self-reliance.
Once reborn,
Trivial matters
Please me oddly
And make me smile.  
 
 
Driving Force 
 
One and only.
You are
My driving force.
As I think of you
I feel in love.  
 
 
Voice
 
 Even though
It does not
Set in motion the air atoms,
Do you hear me
Addressing?  
 
 
Time 
 
A new period
Is coming soon?
Or just another prosaic time
Follows next?
What will I have tomorrow?  
 
 
Swim 
 
Full ups and downs,
The sea of Life.
All serene,
The calm of daily life
I swim though merrily.  
 
 
Floating Flower 
 
Needing each other.
The flower
Comes around
To bloom
At this place. 
 
 
  Flower 
 
Colorful flowers are in bloom.
Among them,
Another flower is in bloom hidden.
It is you
Who belong only to me.  
 
 
Straws 
 
Clutching at straws,
It is such strength
That makes one stand up.
There are things one obtains
By losing something else.  
 
 
 White Lotus 
 
The flower in the mud.
You are the flower
Of the white lotus,
Springing up vigorously
In my heart.  
 
 
 Location 
 
FragranceIs
The word to indicate
The location
And the meaning
Of a living creature. 
 
 
Sap
 
 In a winter morning,
Leaning on the cherry tree,
Pressing my ear against it,
I listen to the sap
Going up vigorously. 
 
 
To a Dancer
 
 A large bloom
In mauve color.
You may fly,
You may cry,
And you may fall down. 
 
 
Butterfly 
 
A dream of butterfly.
You are
Such a dreamy creature
That I want to let you fly,
In reality. 
 
 
Abyss
 
 To live
Without loveIs to dive
Into the abyss of solitude.
So
 I love the flowers.
 
 
 Intuition 
 
A hesitation
Perturbes
Creating hesitation
.I believe in the intuition
Of an undisguised person. 
 
 
 
FIN
 
 
Translation by the author collaborating with Michael Finkenthal
 
 
 
(photo by vpweb free collection)
 
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