carried my mother
I stopped dead, and cried,
she's so light...
Takuboku: Poems to Eat translated by Carl Sesar
Chinese Translation (Traditional)
Chinese Translation (Simplified)
One of the most popular tanka poets of all time, Ishikawa Takuboku (1886-1912) began as a member of the Myōjō ("Morning Star") group, the organ of a poetry circle called New Poetry Society which was founded by Yosano Tekkan in 1899. His major works were A Handful of Sand and Sad Toys. Takuboku was especially known for his advocacy of new poetry called “poems to eat.” For more information, see my "To the Lighthouse" post, titled "Poems to Eat."