From the Summit by Ono Tozaburo (山頂から / 小野十三郎)

Climb the mountain
and the ocean rises to meet the sky.
Surrounded by an avalanche of young green leaves.
Quietly far below
a cuckoo cries.
Standing in the wind at such a height
anyone would naturally think about the breadth of the world.
I cover my mouth with my hands
wanting to shout something down below.
The mountain in May
is dazzlingly radiant.
Have you ever seen the horizon
draw its long blue arc
higher than the mountaintop?

山にのぼると
海は天まであがってくる。
なだれおちるような若葉みどりのなか。
下の方で しずかに
かっこうがないている。
風に吹かれて高いところにたつと
だれでもしぜんに世界のひろさをかんがえる。
ぼくは手を口にあてて
なにか下の方に向かって叫びたくなる。
五月の山は
ぎらぎらと明るくまぶしい。
きみは山頂よりも上に
青い大きな弧をえがく
水平線を見たことがあるか。

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