Concerning Love by Irisawa Yasuo (愛について/入沢康夫)

We walk
We get close
We talk
We walk and we talk

We talk
About our love, about the future
About the freedom they require
About peace
Here among the ashes, nothing is more silent than that word
More than the snow that falls on the ruins
More than the softly shifting sand dunes
Nothing must be spoken more softly than that word

And yet it
Weighs heavy like countless teeth marks on the stocks of rifles
Smolders deep down like a blast furnace
Spreads far and wide like the sound of the sea, forever
That word must never die

Though baked upon parted lips for only an instant
That word will not fade
It can be heard even through profound darkness

Choosing that word
We dissolve it in our blood
We hold each other
We are real
We walk
We walk in as many directions as there are people
We walk

We get close

* * *

irisawa

Irisawa Yasuo (b. 1931) is an influential Japanese poet, a scholar and translator of French literature, and a member of The Japan Art Academy. He graduated from The University of Tokyo’s French literature department. In 1955, he published his first collection of poetry, 「幸せ それとも不幸せ」 (Happiness, or Unhappiness), while still in school. In 1998, he was awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor (a Japanese award celebrating academic and artistic achievements).

ぼくたちは歩く
ぼくたちは近づく
ぼくたちは語り合う
ぼくたちは歩き ぼくたちは語り合う

ぼくたちは語り合う
ぼくたちの愛について 未来について
そのために不可欠な 自由のこと
平和のこと
この焦土で それは何よりも静かな言葉
よる廃墟にふる雪よりも
砂丘の起伏よりも
それは何よりもおだやかに語られる言葉でなくてはならない

けれどもそれは
数知れぬ歯あとのくいこんだ銃床のように重く
溶鉱炉のように底ふかく燃え
海なりのように幅広く そうしていつまでも
絶えることのない言葉でなくてはならない

一瞬焼けただれる唇の上ででも
色あせない言葉
どのような暗い厚みをも とおして聞こえる言葉

それを選び
ぼくたちはそれを血の中にとかし合う
ぼくたちは抱き合う
ぼくたちは本当だ
ぼくたちは歩く
世界の人間の数だけの方角を指して歩く
ぼくたちは歩く

ぼくたちは近づく

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