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Daybreak Leaf Alive (poem) - Makoto Ooka - Japan - Poetry International

 
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あかつき葉っぱが生きている
なぜか
くだものの内がわへ
涼しい雨足がたっていたのだ
その明け方

葱と豆腐は
香ばしい匂いの粒になって
光と軽さをきそっていたのだ
そしておんなの脱ぎすてた
寝巻の波もまた

冷たい受話器に手をもたれ
砂が光りはじめるのを
見つめていたのだ
鷗も溶けるしずかな
潮の重いあけがた

ひと晩じゅう
眠らなかった者たちに
昨日と今日の境目が
あっただろうか

ふたりは天を容れるほらあなだった
そこに充ちるマンダラの地図だった

それでもおんなは
なぜか
香ばしい森だったのだ
あかつきの奥へ走る
あかつきの光だったのだ

たからかな蒼空の瀧音に
恍惚となったいちまいの
葉っぱを見たのだ
葉っぱはなぜか
野のへりを
ゆっくりと旅していたのだ

なぜか
そのいちまいの葉っぱは
ぼくの言葉で
ひっきりなしに
しゃべっていたのだ
Daybreak Leaf Alive
Somehow there was
a cool rain bathing
the fruit’s insides
that dawn

The leek and the tofu
turned into beads of fragrant scent,
vying in lightness with the light
And also the waves of the woman’s robe,
carelessly flung on the floor

Hand resting on the chilly phone,
she was staring at the sand
as it began to lighten
Even gulls melted into the hush,
the tide heavy at dawn

Awake
the whole night through,
was there a border for them
between today and yesterday?

The two were a cave that admitted heaven,
a map that filled the cave, a mandala of love

And yet somehow
the woman
was a forest of fragrance,
was the light of dawn,
running to the dawn’s own depths

I saw a single leaf
go mad with joy at the sound
of a waterfall high in the blue sky
Somehow the leaf
was taking a leisure of a field

Somehow
that single leaf's words
went on
forever
and they were mine

Editor's Note: Audio recording from Poetry International Festival Rotterdam, 1976