When I am lonely – Dual text poetry- Japan

For anyone looking for dual language poetry here is a great example.

Entry No. 1

When I am lonely,
Strangers do not know.

When I am lonely,
My friends are laughing.

When I am lonely,
My mother is kind.

When I am lonely,
Buddha is lonely.

わたしがさびしいとき、
よその人は知らないの。
 
わたしがさびしいとき、
お友だちはわらうの。
 
わたしがさびしいとき、
み母さんはやさしいの。
 
わたしがさびしいとき、
ほとけさまはさびしいの。

NOTES:

Kaneko Misuzu (1903-1930) was a poet. When her ex-husband attempted to gain custody of their daughter, she committed suicide. She was 26.

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