A Bird’s Shadow by Takami Jun (鳥の影/高見順)

Over the trees atop the cliff
a bird
cast its beautiful black shadow
and flew away

I wish
while out on a walk
on a morning such as this
that a bird like a sparrow
would throw its small, cool shadow across my shoulders and my face

* * *

崖の木々に
鳥が
きれいな黒い影を落して
飛んで行つた

僕も
こんな朝は
外を散歩して
肩から顔にかけて
雀などの小さなすがすがしい影をうけてみたい

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