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教室

井上洋子

 

ある日
ミナは教室を産んだ
ミナは
隣の女の産んだ教室が気になりはじめた
ある夜
ミナは自分の教室と隣の女の教室を比べはじめる
すると
世界も
宇宙も
ふたつの教室を比べているにちがいないとミナは思いはじめる
ミナは何度も隣の女の教室をのぞきに行く
行くたび
隣の女の教室がすぐれていることがわかりはじめる
ミナは自分の教室を折檻して殺してしまった
ミナは自分の殺した教室を土に穴をほって埋めた
翌日
掘り出しては死んだ教室をながめてから場所を変えて埋めた
翌日
また掘り出しては死んだ教室をながめてから場所を変えて埋めた
ある日とうとう
ミナは自分の死んだ教室を街の「死んだ教室専門店」に二足三文の値で売った
しばらくすると店の主人から電話で
「あなたから買った教室がたいへんだからひきとりにきてほしい」と言った
いったいどういうことかとミナは店に行く
店主は「あなたの教室はまだ生きているじゃないか、これは詐欺だ」とミナに息巻いた
なるほど、死んだはずの教室に真っ赤な芥子の花が咲き
芥子はミナの教室を這い出て店中に広がりはじめていた
ミナは記憶にない記憶が見えた
小さい頃に自分は父親の部屋で芥子の種を口につまんだのだと
ミナは店主に一言詫びると教室を持って店を出たが
橋まで来ると芥子まみれの教室を川へ投げた
教室と真っ赤な芥子の花は川を流れミナから遠ざかる
しばらくして
ミナはふたつめの教室を産んだ

 

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Mina gave a birth to a classroom
Yoko Inoue

Translated from the Japanese by Mugi Takei

One day,
Mina
gave a birth to a classroom
Mina
noticed the classroom
the woman nextdoor gave
a birth to
annoyed her

 

One night,
Mina
began to compare
the classroom
her own
to the classroom
woman next door's
then
Mina
began to be
sure
the world and the universe
are comparing her classroom to
the woman next door's

 

Mina
many times a day
sneaks
peeks at the woman
next door's classroom
each time she does
she sees the woman
next door's classroom
better than hers

 

Mina
punished her classroom
she killed it
Mina dug a hole
in the ground
and buried the classroom
she killed it

 

Next day,
she dug it out
the dead classroom
and she buried it again
some place else
after she gazed at it

 

Next day,
she dug it out
and she buried it
again
some place else
the classroom she killed
while she was gazing
at it

 

One day
finally
Mina sold her dead
classroom
to a "Dead Classroom Specialty Shop"
at a penny
or two

 

In no time
the shop owner called her
and said
"Your classroom is out of control.
You have to come get it."
Mina
returned to the shop
not knowing what

 

"Your classroom is
still alive. This is
a fraud!"
the shop owner accused
angrily

 

Well, indeed

 

Inside of
the supposedly dead
classroom, there were
bright red poppies
blooming
the poppies
crawling out
of Mina's classroom
spreading all over the
shop

 

Then the memory Mina had forgotten
came back
she
as a child nibbled poppy seeds
in her father's room
Mina
apologized the shop owner
briefly
picked the classroom and
walked out
of the shop
when
she reached
a bridge
she threw the poppy covered
classroom
into a river

 

The classroom and
the bright red poppies
floated down the river
away from Mina
after
a little while
Mina gave a birth
to another classroom

 

 

Classroom
Yoko Inoue

Translated from the Japanese by Alex Jones

One day,
Mina gave birth to a classroom.
Then,
She realised that the classroom of the woman next door was starting to bother her.
One night,
She started to compare her classroom with the woman next door's,
And in doing so,
Mina began to feel sure that,
Everyone,
Everything,
Was comparing these two classrooms.
Mina went again and again to gaze at the classroom of the woman next door,
And each time she went,
She saw more and more how it was far better than her own.
Mina decided to punish her classroom, and killed it.
She dug a hole in the earth, and buried it.
The next day,
She dug it up, looked at it, then buried it in another place.
The day after that,
She dug it up again, looked at it, then buried it in another place.
Finally, one day,
She took her dead classroom to the local "Dead Classroom Dealer" and sold it for a song.
After a while the owner of the shop called her.
He said, "I can't handle that classroom you sold me, so come and pick it up!"
Mina went down to the shop, wondering what on earth was the matter.
The owner fumed, "Your classroom is still alive! Are you trying to rip me off?!"
Because there, in the classroom that was supposed to be dead, was a host of bright red poppies.
They had crept out of Mina's classroom and were starting to spread all over the shop.
Then, Mina remembered something she had never done.
She is a little girl in her father's room, and puts a poppy seed in her mouth.
Mina apologised to the shop owner and took away her classroom,
But when she came to a bridge, she threw the classroom, still covered with poppies, straight into the river.
The classroom and the bright red poppies floated down the river and far, far away from Mina.
After a little while,
Mina gave birth to her second classroom.

 

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