Tracy K. Smith: Why do we insist he has vanished?
Colette: You victoriously resist tears... and then....

Toyo Shibata: I have things left to do

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The Answer

The wind in my ear
"It's about time now
for the next world
Let's go, what do you say?"
in a soothing voice, like stroking a cat

So I answered quickly
"I will stay here
a little longer
I have things left to do"

The wind
with a troubled face
stopped and went home.

    --Toyo Shibata (1911-2013), who published her first book of poetry at 98. It sold 1.6 million copies. 

返事

風が耳元で 
「もうそろそろ
あの世に
行きましょう」
なんて 猫撫(ねこな)で声で
誘うのよ

だから 私
すぐに返事したの
「あと少し
こっちに居るわ
やり残した
事があるから」

風は
困った顔をして
すーっと帰って行った

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