ON-A-BRIGHT-SUN-DAY-COSTA-RICA-BROW-PELICAN-BIRDS

Poems of summer (Haikus and Tankas)

駆けだした
裸足が痛い
アスファルト

I started running
With bare feet and it hurts
On asphalt

夏祭り
カラカラ鳴るは
足元か
はたまた踊る
僕の心か

Summer Festival
Does this kara kara sound
Come from your feet
Or is it from
My heart

店の前
咥えてみるは
あたり棒
君は来るかな
待ちぼうけかな

In front of the store
A Popsicle stick in my mouth
Says, “You win!” (1)
I wonder if you will come
Or you won’t

扇風機
冷えたお腹を
温めた
毛布以上の
母の愛かな

An electric fan
My cold stomach is
Warmed by
More than the blanket
But by mother’s tenderness

(1) Many Japanese Popsicle sticks say, “You win.” If you are lucky enough to get one, you can trade the stick in to the store you bought it from and get an extra Popsicle.

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