[TRANS] Jaejoong Fanmeet Poem Recitation: Love by Shuntaro Tanikawa, translated by William I Elliott
Love by Shuntaro Tanikawa
Translated by Kazuo Kawamura and William I Elliott
Love is easy to say
Love is not difficult to write, either.
Love is a feeling everyone knows.
Love is to love even to the point of sadness.
Love is to want to be with you always.
Love is to want you to live forever.
Love is not just the word ‘Love’.
Love is not just a feeling, either.
Love is to remember the distant past.
Love is to believe in an invisible future.
Love is to think over and over again.
Love is to live at the risk of your life.
Shuntarō Tanikawa is a Japanese poet and translator. He is one of the most widely read and highly regarded of living Japanese poets, both in Japan and abroad. More on Shuntaro Tanikawa (Wikipedia). Several of his collections, including his selected works, have been translated into English, and his Floating the River in Melancholy, translated by William I. Eliott and Kazuo Kawamura, won the American Book Award in 1989. The poem was recited by Jaejoong during the Dr. Jin Fanmeeting.
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