Into the World by Amano Tadashi (世間へ / 天野忠)

The alley cat mother said to her kitten:
–There’s a girl and a boy in that house there.
  If you’re lucky, they’ll take care of you.
The helpless kitten looked into his mother’s stern eyes.
–Look, keep your wits about you and you’ll stay alive.
  It’s time for you to go out into the world . . .
And without looking back, his mother
walked along the roofs
in search of her own food.
He watched her until she was gone.
Then,
crying me-e-eow
in a small, wheezy voice,
crawling toward the house,
he went out into the world.

野良猫の母親が子猫に告げた。
―あの家には女の子と男の子がいる
  うまくいけば飼ってもらえる
心細げに子猫は母親のきつい眼を見た。
―さあ、お前の分別で生きてお行き
  もう世間へ出ていく頃だ…
ふりむきもせず母親は
屋根伝いに
自分の餌を求めに行ってしまった。
子猫はじっと見送っていた。
それから
小さなかぼそい懸命に甘えた声で
ニャーンと鳴きながら
おそるおそるあの家の方ヘ
世間の方へ出て行った。

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