La Dune—Father’s Day

 

生き別れし後の年月 松の葉にひとつひとつを通す乳の実
gone from me
after so many years
I put pine needles
one after another
into ginkonuts

憎しみのあとに滲める慕はしさ父亡き子にも巡る父の日
after hating him
for so long, how imbued
with he longing
of a child with no father
on Father’s Day

風紋よ覚えてゐるか かつて汝石英の塊なりし昔を
ripples on the sand
do you remember when
you were
a crystal rook
long long ago?

サマリアの女に注ぐ星の雨誰が傾けしや天の水瓶
even for
a Samarian woman
a rain of stars
who is pouring it over her
with heaven’s water vase?

駱駝色の砂を鎖骨に光らせつ われも微かな大地の飛沫
camel colored
sand in my collarbone
shining
I am also an infinitesimal
splash in the dust

 
 
 

The Japanese original published by The Gendai Tanka Shinbun June 2015.
Translation by author and Kris Moon