Miazawa Kenji

neither yielding to rain
nor yielding to wind
yielding neither to
snow nor to summer heat
with a stout body
like that
without greed
never getting angry
always smiling quietly
eating one and a half pieces of brown rice
and bean paste and a bit of
vegetables a day
in everything
not taking oneself
into account
looking listening understanding well
and not forgetting
living in the shadow of pine trees in a field
in a small
hut thatched with miscanthus
if in the east there’s a
sick child
going and nursing
if in the west there is a tired mother
going and for her
bundles of rice
if in the south
there’s someone
and saying
you don’t have to be
if in the the north
there’s a quarrel
or a lawsuit
saying it’s not worth it
stop it
in a drought
shedding tears
in a cold summer
pacing back and forth    lost
a good-for-nothing
by everyone
neither praised
nor thought a pain
like that
is what I want
to be


2 thoughts on “Miazawa Kenji

    • Thanks, Alan. I am afraid I couldn’t make an informed comment on that – I found it in a book and thought it pretty amazing. It was also laid out in a more interesting way that WordPress could not replicate, unfortunately.


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