Opus B by Naka Taro (作品B/那珂太郎)

Agony of bent algae in the sorrow of the calm sea
White spray of grief from the sloping waves
Pattern of eternity in the mesh of the nets that bubble in the void
Zither in the purple rain shower of infinity
Life in the fireworks in the snow on the sadness of the sand
Fuji quaking in the nape of a cicada husk
The wings of a swan on a distant invisible tower
Located in a dream of evening clouds crimson with shame

* * *

凪ぐ海のうれひの靡く藻のもだえの
なだれる波のなげきの白いしぶきの
無の泡だつ網の目の永遠の絵模様の
無限のむらさきのむらさめの絃琴の
沙のさみしさの雪の花火のいのちの
うつせみのうなじのふるへる富士の
透明の塔の遠さのはての白鳥の羽の
羞らひのくれなゐの夕雲の夢の行方

NOTES:

The Japanese poet Naka Taro was born Fukuda Shojiro in 1922. This poem is taken from his 1966 collection of poetry, entitled Music (音楽), which won the Muro Saisei Poetry Award and the Yomiuri Prize for Literature.

UPDATE: Originally misread 白鳥 (swan) as 白馬 (white horse). Corrected.

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