Japanese Poets – Shuntarou Tanigawa
|朝のリレー||Asa no Riree||Morning relay race|
Kamchatka no wakamono ga
kirin no yume wo miteiru toki
Mexico no musume wa
asamoya no nakade bus wo matteiru
New York no shoujo ga
hohoemi nagara negaeri wo utsutoki
Rome no shounen wa
chutou wo someru asahi ni wink suru
kono chikyuu dewa
itsumo dokoka de asa ga hajimatteiru
When a young boy in Kamchatka
is dreaming about firaffes,
A young Mexican girl
is waiting for the bus in the morning haze
When a little girl in New York
is turning over in her bed smiling,
A Roman boy
winks at the morning sun colouring the capitals
In this Earth,
always in somewhere, the morning starts
This is a Shuntarou Tanizaki (谷崎俊太郎)´s poem which used to be a poem most of the Japanese school children would learn at school. He is one of the most well-known poet in Japan. One coffee company used his poem, Morning relay race for their ad while ago and became one of my favorites. It was a well made.
I´m not a big poetry reader even that there are a few Japanese poets I read and I like. Shuntarou Tanizaki is one of them. I´ve found his poems are quite raw and therefore, I can feel his confusion, pain and warmth.
This Morning relay race makes you feel that the world is connected and as we live, we keep handing a baton to each other. Thinking like that as a kid, suddenly the earth became so close and so familiar.
Now I shall withdraw and as I put my head on the pillow, I´ll think of the morning sun starts shining somewhere the other side of the world.