[PW] A Japanese poem from the 1980s or earlier

Ann Mallard amallard at gsu.edu
Thu Apr 21 08:12:03 PDT 2016


My (Japanese) sister-in-law thinks it's by
Takuboku Ishikawa.

This article includes the poem which is entitled,  "Labor":
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/04/11/general/takuboku-ishikawa-engaged-observer/

Ann
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Please excuse any typos.

Ann Mallard
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Georgia State University

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On Apr 20, 2016, at 11:10 PM, Howto Sayno <howtosaynoreddit at gmail.com<mailto:howtosaynoreddit at gmail.com>> wrote:

I'm looking for a Japanese poem. A patron remembers it from a Japanese
textbook from a second-year Japanese textbook from a class at the
University of Iowa in the 1980s. The best translation she remembers is:

Why is it that even though I work as hard as I do my life doesn't get any
better?
While thinking this, look at your own hands.
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