was a basket full of remorseful strawberries
As I ate them, I laughed, wept, became angry
and the morning sun was simply rising in the sky
Being in love is like a shell
that clings to your back and won’t let go
Love is an eternally delightful burden
A horse let loose in the streets
Oh, that is my godless horse
hair fatiguing and unsightly thick
standing calmly in an unlit meadow.
Oguma Hideo (1901-1940) was a Japanese poet, critic, children’s writer and manga author from Hokkaido. After working several odd jobs, including being a watchman at a poultry farm, Oguma started working as a newspaper reporter in 1922. It was around this time that he started writing poetry. He became established as a poet in 1935 with the publication of his collected poems.
無神 — lit. “no god,” or, in other words, “godless” or “atheist.” However, it could also refer to 無心 — lit. “no heart/mind,” or, in other words, “at one with the natural world,” or “enlightened.”