portrait of Sakutaro
Sakutarō Hagiwara -( Hagiwara Sakutaro ) 11-0-1886--05-11-1942 .
Was a writer of free-style verse, active in Taishö and earlyShowa period Japan.
He liberated Japanese free verse from the grip of traditional rules,
and he is considered the father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan.
He published many volumes of essays, literary and cultural criticism ,
and aphorisms over his long career.
New Road at Koide
This road, just newly opened,goes
Straight to the city, I suppose.
Dark melancholy day.
I stand at a new crossing where
A new horizon like a tear
Runs lonelily away.
The sun above a straggling row
Of huddled roof-tops huddles low...
How thin, how shorn of shade,
Stand the few trees in that sparse wood
That once so greedily sturdy stood
Before the road was made.
Such bleakness feeds my blemished mood
Of anger and incertitude
As black sorts well with black
How, how can I re-fangle me?
How be what once I used to be?
Where does the road run back?
Oh where’s that leafy road I seek
That runs to boyhood from the bleak Horizon of the town?
For this new road, which I rejectAnd will not travel,
more was wrecked