Treasure Island

Sakutaro Hagiwara

(1886-1942 / Japan)

Bamboo


An upright thing of green sprouts out of the ground,
A bladed thing of green springs out of the ground,
Piercing the iced-over winter,
And when its green leaves shine on the morning's empty road,
Tears fall,
I let tears fall,
Even now, from over the shoulders burdened by remorse.
The hazy roots of bamboo spreads out,
And the bladed thing of green spouts out of the ground.

Submitted: Monday, September 20, 2010

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