Autumn by Imai Hakuyou (秋 / 今井白楊)

All the nights and days passed away
and a strange darkness
began to envelop my soul.

Is this sleep? Is it the end?
It seems to me
like a very long rest.


眠りか? 最終(おはり)か?


Imai Hakuyou (1889-1917) was a Japanese free verse poet from Sendai in Kagoshima prefecture. Before he could publish a single volume of poetry, he drowned at a young age while swimming with a friend in Chiba.


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