Akiko Yosano Poems
- Labor Pains I am sick today, sick in my body, eyes wide ...
- River Of Stars Left on the beach Full of water A worn out ...
- O My Brother, You Must Not Die O my young brother, I cry for ...
- Black Hair Blach hair Tangled in a thousand strands. ...
- This Autumn Will End This autumn will end. Nothing can last...
- In Praise Of May May is a fancy month, a flower month, The ...
- Press My Breasts Press my breasts, Part the veil of ...
Akiko Yosano was the pen-name of a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, active in late Meiji period, Taisho period and early Showa period Japan. Her real name was Yosano Shiyo. She is one of the most famous, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan.
Yosano was born into a prosperous merchant family in Sakai, near Osaka. From the age of 11, she was the family member most responsible for running the family business, which produced and sold yokan, or bean candy. From early childhood, she was fond of reading literary works, and read widely in her father's extensive library. When she was a high school ... more »
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I am sick today,
sick in my body,
eyes wide open, silent,
I lie on the bed of childbirth.
Why do I, so used to the nearness of death,
to pain and blood and screaming,
now uncontrollably tremble with dread?
A nice young doctor tried to comfort me,
and talked about the joy of giving birth.
Since I know better than he about this matter,
what good purpose can his prattle serve?
Knowledge is not reality.
Experience belongs to the past.
Let those who lack immediacy be silent.
Let observers be content to observe.
I am all ...