Shuntaro Tanikawa, “River” and “Song of March”
Why is the river laughing?
Why, because the sun is ticking the river.
Why is the river singing?
Because the skylark praised the river’s voice.
Why is the river cold?
It remembers being once loved by the snow.
How old is the river?
It’s the same age as the forever young springtime.
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
I go flinging away paths
children are scampering about
I go flinging away song
skylarks are singing
I go embracing only love
the pain and fear and