A Couple by Amano Tadashi (二人 / 天野忠)

The little garden
of the little rented house
is filled with trees and flowers
greedily planted.
In the summer
the mosquitoes are a pain.
–They only bite me,
ow, ow,
the old woman complains.
She scratches her wrinkled arms,
–Because my blood is younger . . . .

So the old man
holds out his wiry shins
for display. –I’m getting eaten up, too.

The curious mosquitoes
take a look
and the old woman
leers at him.

小さな借家の
小さな庭に
欲張って植えた
木や草花がいっぱい。
夏が来ると
蚊がきつい。
――わたしばっかり刺されて
痒い痒いと
ばあさんがぼやく。
しわしわの腕をこすりながら
――わたしの血の方が若いから・・・・

針金のような脛を
じいさんも
ニョキッと突き出し見せる。――オレもここを喰われた

物好きな蚊
ジロリと
ばあさんは
横目で見る。

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