Shuntaro Tanikawa, “River” and “Song of March”

poetry

Mother,
Why is the river laughing?

Why, because the sun is ticking the river.

Mother,
Why is the river singing?

Because the skylark praised the river’s voice.

Mother,
Why is the river cold?

It remembers being once loved by the snow.

Mother,
How old is the river?

It’s the same age as the forever young springtime.

Mother
Why does the river never rest?

Well, you see it’s because the mother sea
is waiting for the river to come home.

* * *

I go flinging away flowers
everything is budding
in March.

I go flinging away paths
children are scampering about
in March.

I go flinging away song
skylarks are singing
in March.

I go embracing only love
the pain and fear and
you –

Your laughter
in March.

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