UN SIO SAN I won’t ask foolish questions, suc h as Why must the dog run? It could refuse to run. I also won’t ask, for insta nce, Why pursue a mechanical bunn y? It could refuse to go faster. e s Th ong of progress blares out lo ud It is the work of machines to wear the animal s down. I, too, ran on that track, sunning away my child hood, Now the grind of work pummels and pulls me apart. e ga Th te flies opens, and someone Keeps striking the starting gong, a beehive. Women sit wearin g hats, even late at nig ht, I sit too, ten fingers tapping my keybo ard A greyhound in its sandpit, legs pounding round its circuit, its hell. As if those on the field were just waiting for the show t o end, As if they were to curve into a question mark and that was t he answer, As if the world were only black and w hite, Only owners and workers, gamblers and gawkers. In their World of Difference, they perform their noisy panto mime. As for us, their loyal frien ds, When we ask for a response, they lift a leg. Translation by Jeremy Tiang
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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