Are You an Echo?

In honor of the Japanese holiday, Greenery Day, we present this work by one of Japan’s great modern poets.

Misuzu Kaneko
Japanese
1903 – 1930

 

If I say, “Let’s play?”
you say, “Let’s play!”

If I say, “Stupid!”
you say, “Stupid!”

If I say, “I don’t want to play anymore,”
you say, “I don’t want to play anymore.”

And then, after a while,
becoming lonely

I say, “Sorry.”
You say, “Sorry.”

Are you just an echo?
No, you are everyone.

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