Friday, May 27, 2011


Kenji Miyazawa

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Ame ni mo makezu
not losing to the rain not losing to the wind 
not losing to the snow nor to summer's heat  
with a strong body unfettered by desire never losing temper
 cultivating a quiet joy every day 
four bowls of brown rice miso and some vegetables to eat 
in everything count yourself last and put others before you 
watching and listening, and understanding and never forgetting 
in the shade of the woods of the pines of the fields being in a little thatched hut 
if there is a sick child to the east going and nursing over them 
if there is a tired mother to the west going and shouldering her sheaf of rice 
if there is someone near death to the south going and saying there's no need to be afraid 
if there is a quarrel or a suit to the north telling them to leave off with such waste 
when there's drought, shedding tears of sympathy 
when the summer's cold, wandering upset 
called a blockhead by everyone 
without being praised without being blamed 
such a person I want to become

more about 

 Spring & Chaos
This Anime art film, directed by Shoji Kawamori,  was created exclusively
for Japanese television, and is based on the life of  Kenji Miyazawa.
watch a short clip
compliments of Poets & Writers
The hour-long film can be seen in its entire

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