Two Free-form Haiku and a Longer Poem by Kawamoto Ryokuseki (河本緑石)

死んで俺が水の中にすんでゐる夢だつた

I.

I was dead
and living underwater
in a dream

II.

I dreamt that I had died
and was living underwater

魂に眼があるきよとんとしてゐる

There are eyes in the soul
that stare in bewilderment

* * *

I Also am Worried

(From village to village and town to town young men are recruited)

Your young blood does not dance
Your young hearts are not free
On the contrary, you are trembling in fear
Until something breaks, you are kept in fear
You are growing in numbers
You are isolated and lonely
You have no one to comfort you
Your last moments of freedom were taken from you
Your will was broken down
Down to your little finger, you are unable to resist
At times, even justice is taken from you
You share the same worries
You cry in your loneliness
You groan in your anguish
Oh, you who were torn apart from your relatives and loved ones
I can’t bear to look at you

(Upon reading the prison diary of Ohsugi Sakai)

私も一緒に悩んでゐる
村々や町々から徴集せられた青年達

君等の若い血は躍らない
君等の若い心は伸び伸びとしない
それどころか君等は怖れわなないてゐる
何がかくまで君等を怖れさすのだ
君等はふるへてゐる
君等は孤独で寂しい
君等はなぐさめがない
君等の自由の最後の時間までがうばはれた
君等の意志はめちやめちやにくだかれた
君等は小指ほどの反抗も与へられない
君等は時に正義さへうばはれる
君等はなやみどうしだ
君等は寂しさに泣いてゐる
君等は苦しみにうめいてゐる
おゝ、凡ての近親者凡ての暖かきものに別れて来た君達
私は君達を見るに堪へない

    また、
 或る時は大杉堺の獄中記しみじみ読みて見たりき

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