A Transparent Birdcage by Naka Taro (透明の鳥箱/那珂太郎)

All flesh is empty
All counterfeit life is empty
Lust
Perfume
Sunlight
Sundays
Pregnancy
Vegetable Stew
Everything is empty
Epistemology, two-base hits, manganese dioxide, urine, everything

Empty empty empty empty empty
My empty heart is empty
The words “My empty heart is empty” are empty
All hearts and all words are empty
Individuality, coffee, coitus, concrete, all empty
I have no more need of emptiness
No more need of the shape of emptiness, the flesh of emptiness
The essence of emptiness, the bones of emptiness
What are they?

Oh burn burn burn the forests, burn the color pink, burn rulers, burn lethargy, burn bean sprouts, burn monologues, burn daydreams, appendices, mourning clothes, intentions, letters, xylophones, burn them all
Burn all empty things
Burn emptiness
Burned up forests, agonized pinks, rulers in embers, misted lethargy
Burned out bean sprouts and monologues
Silent bones

I will gather the transparent bones from the cinders of these things
From all flesh and all counterfeit life oh, I will fix them up
Into a lightweight, hollow birdcage
Not for a bird that will never return
Not for my immeasurable memories
But for the essence of life, the bones of emptiness
For the very idea of
Nothing
I will build a bright and empty transparent birdcage

* * *

すべての肉はむなしい
すべての贋の生はむなしい
肉感も
匂ひ油も
日光も
日曜日も
妊娠も
煮しめも
すべてむなしい
認識論も二塁打も二酸化マンガンも尿もすべて

むなしいむなしいむなしいむなしいむなしい
むなしい心もむなしい
むなしい心もむなしいといふ言葉もむなしい
すべての心すべての言葉はむなしい
個性も珈琲もコイツスもコンクリイトも悉くむなしい
むなしさはもういらない
むなしさの形相むなしさの肉はもういらない
むなしさの本質むなしさの骨
は何か

おお 燃えろ燃えろ燃えろ森も燃えろ桃色も燃えろ物差しも燃えろ物憂さも燃えろもやしも燃えろモノロオグも燃えろ妄想も盲腸も喪服も目的も文字も木琴も悉く燃えろ
むなしいもの悉く燃えろ
むなしさも燃えろ
燃えあがる森の もだえる桃色の 燃えさしの物差しの 靄なす物憂さの
燃え尽きたもやしとモノロオグの
もだす骨

それらすべての肉すべての贋の生の燃えがら
の透きとほる骨を集めておお 俺はつくらう
軽いからっぽの鳥籠を
還らない小鳥のためでもない
限りない記憶のためでもない
ただ 生の本質むなしさの骨

の観念のために
かがやくからっぽの透明な鳥籠を

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