Footsteps Overhead by Takami Jun (天の足音 / 高見順)

Looking at the sky
I hear the footsteps of a camel approaching
Footsteps on the sand, I don’t know whether
the sound
is light and carefree
or heavy and lonely
I listen carefully
but they are like human footsteps
mysterious
without taste or color

* * *

空を見てゐると
駱駝の足音が聞こえてくる
砂を踏む足音かどうか
その音は
いそいそとして楽しげであるか
それとも重々しくさびしいか
耳をすますが
それは人生の足音のやうに
不可解である
無味無色である

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