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Takuboku Ishikawa

Japanese writer
Like to a stone
That rolls down a hill,
I have come to this day.
With the troubled eyes of a youth
I envied
Birds flying—
Flying they sang.

Takuboku Ishikawa (石川 啄木) (February 20, 1886April 13, 1912) was a Japanese poet.

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  • Like to a stone
    That rolls down a hill,
    I have come to this day.
    • A Handful of Sand ("Ichiaku no Suna"), as translated by Shio Sakanishi
  • With the troubled eyes of a youth
    I envied
    Birds flying—
    Flying they sang.
    • A Handful of Sand ("Ichiaku no Suna"), as translated by Shio Sakanishi
  • Kyoshitsu no
    Mado yori nigete
    Tada hitori
    Kano shiro-ato ni
    Ne ni yukishi ka na
    • Running away
      From the window of a classroom,
      Alone,
      I lay down among the ruins of a castle.
    • In: Modern Japanese Literature, ed. Donald Keene (New York: Grove Press, 1960), p. 208

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