The Tiny Light in a Baby’s Spittle by Yamazaki Ruriko (赤んぼうのよだれの小さな光/山崎るり子)

The Cloud Salesman is here!
He finally came
I knew he’d come, and today’s the day
I’ve never cared for clear days like this one
I wish there were always clouds drifting all over the place
Hey, Cloud Salesman, I’m so happy you’re here
Which cloud do you recommend today?
How about that one, the Cloud Salesman says
It’ll disappear after twenty minutes
It’s small and thin and the highest quality
Ooh, it’s rounded at the edges
That’s right, it’s small and thin and round
Okay, I’ll buy that one today
Once it’s mine
I’ll watch it for the whole twenty minutes
My cloud will be like the light at the corner of a baby’s wet lips
when they curl into a little smile right before it falls asleep
Cloud salesman, how much is it?
Three coronas, the Cloud Salesman says
I haven’t been around in a while, so I’m making you a special offer
I’m so glad, only three coronas
Let’s see, one, two, and three
Three coronas
And now the cloud is mine
My very own cloud
Oh, how lovely

* * *

雲売りがきたよっ
雲売りがやっときた
くると思っていたんだ今日あたり
こんなにすかんと立派に晴れて
かなたこなたに浮く雲があればね
やあ雲売り うれしいなあ
今日はどの雲がおすすめかな
あの雲なんか と雲売りはいう
あと二十分ほどで消えてしまう
小さくてうすくて上等ですよ
ああ あのはしっこのまあるいの
ええ 小さくてうすくてまあるいの
そうか 今日はあれを買おう
あの雲を僕のものにして
二十分ずっとながめていよう
ねむる前の赤んぼうのうす笑いの
ぬれたくちびるのはしっこの光のような雲だ
雲売り あの雲はいくらかな
さんコロナピス と雲売りはいう
久しぶりだから特別お安くしときます
うれしいな さんコロナピス
さあ いち にい さん
さんコロナピス
これであの雲は僕のものだ
僕の雲だ
ああ いい雲だなあ

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