Face by Saijo Yaso (顔 / 西條八十)

No matter how far I go
across this endless, barren plain
only pale white flowers are in bloom,
I have never before
been on such a lonely journey.

Suddenly, I turn around to see
I’ve been aimlessly wandering
on the face of my lover.

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Yaso_Saijo

Saijo Yaso (1892-1970) was a Japanese poet, lyricist and French scholar. His oldest daughter, Mitsui Futabako, was also a poet. Saijo published many children’s lyrics in the magazine Akai Tori (Red Bird), including “Canary” (set to music by Narita Tamezo), which is one of the most famous songs from that time period. Along with Hakushu Kitahara, Saijo was one of the leading figures in children’s lyrics in the Taisho era. He was even the first to discover famous children’s poet Kaneko Misuzu.

(Information taken from the Japanese Wikipedia page and from Kodomo no Kuni.

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行けども、行けども
涯(はて)しない荒野(あれの)で
青白い花ばつかりが咲いてゐる、
こんな寂しい旅を
私はいままでしたことが無い。

ふと、顧(ふりかへ)ると
私は戀人の顔の上を
あてどなく彷徨(さまよ)つてゐた。

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