Fish

Fish

“Fish” (【魚】) is a poem by Hirato Renkichi (平戸廉吉) — the author of the 1921 Japanese Futurist Manifesto 「日本未来派宣言運動 東京=平戸廉吉 MOUVEMENT FUTURISTE JAPONAIS Par R-HYRATO」.


Fish / fish
In a fish-store
barrel dancing, fish
Hearts dancing too
Just passing by
Or
Living nearby, housewives
Poor in the summer heat
Fish are dancing
Seas are blue
Shining
And the sand / and the shells
Sporting waves
Even in a sealess town


魚 魚
鮮魚屋の
桶に跳る魚
心も跳る
通りすがりの

近所のおかみさんの
貧しい夏に
魚が跳り
海が靑い
光るよ
砂も 介殻も
波が戯れる
海のない街にも

HIRATO Renkichi

Translation by
Matt TREYVAUD

January 25, 2008

Hirato Renkichi (平戸廉吉) — b. 1893 / d. 1922 — was a modernist poet and the author of the 1921 Japanese Futurist Manifesto 「日本未来派宣言運動 東京=平戸廉吉 MOUVEMENT FUTURISTE JAPONAIS Par R-HYRATO」. More of his poems can be found at this page.

Matt Treyvaud is a writer and translator living near Kamakura. He is Néojaponisme's Literature/Language editor and the proprietor of No-sword.

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  1. Linda Says:

    いいですね!I’m actually studying modern Japanese poetry right now. First year they laid down the Genji Monogatari! So this is refreshing.