Written by Takashi Arima
It’s early December now
but a small stereo set in the bar
Only the two of us
sit around the table.
A Valentine bottle reposes on it.
Half-drunken I rise
and open the door to go home.
A chilly wind blows my hot cheeks.
– I say goodbye
She says goodbye
A small handshake
This evening with you, near the pond,
was somehow pleasant for me.
I’m content with the small talk we had.
I’ll leave you and go into lemon-colour moonlight
without kissing you.
BIO OF TAKASHI ARIMA
The great poet of Japan, Takashi Arima
Poet, Writer, Critic. Born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1931. Graduated from Doshisha University. Now lives in Kyoto City. He has published “The Complete Poems of Arima Takashi” (18 vol.) etc. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages, including English, French.
He is affiliated with The Japan Writers’ Association and The Japan P.E.N. Club. The board of directors, Kansai Poets’ Association. He has attended poetry festivals in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America, including the 27th International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, and participated in performances, symphosia at the festivals.
In 1993, he received the International Eminent Poet Diploma from the International Poet Agency. In 2001, he won the Atlantida Prize in Spain.
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