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  姉妹

井上洋子

 

いもうとは
雲のように高い土地で
あなたの手をきらい
あなたのクローゼットへ閉じこめられた

その時、姉は
遠い土地で
あなたの作った映画に感動している

いもうとは
クローゼットから逃げだすと
隣人めざし
命をかけて
寒い山々を歩いていた

その時、姉は
道楽で買った高麗茶碗をもって
あたたかくたいらな道を歩いている

いもうとは
雪と氷の山頂で
凍傷になった足をみて
希望をうしないかけていた

その時、姉は
コンビニで
バニラにしようか
ストロベリーにしようか
アイスクリームで迷っている

いもうとは
隣人のドアを開けようとしていた
姉は
パソコンを開く、と

突然
いもうとはあなたの銃で撃たれ
クレバスへ落ちた

たがいの顔を
姉妹は知らない
たがいのなまえを
姉妹は知らない

会うことのない姉妹たちは
ただ
あなたのことを知っている

 

-チベットの妹へ-

 

バイオグラフィー

 

Two Sisters

by Yoko Inoue
translated by Alex Jones

 

In a land as high as the clouds,
A little sister,
Runs from your touch,
And is shut in your closet

Meanwhile, in a land far away,
A big sister,
Is touched by the movie you made,

The little sister,
Escapes from your closet,
Catches sight of a neighbour,
And risking her life,
Sets off towards the frozen mountains,

Meanwhile, the big sister,
Clutching the ancient Korean bowl she's bought on a whim,
Strolls along warm streets,

The little sister,
Atop a mountain of ice and snow,
Looks down at her frostbitten feet,
And starts to lose hope,

Meanwhile, the big sister,
Is in a Seven-Eleven, thinking,
"Do I want vanilla ice cream?"
"Or, do I want strawberry ice cream?"

The little sister reaches for her neighbour's door,
The big sister flips open her computer,

When suddenly,
You gun down the little sister,
And she tumbles down a crevasse.

The two sisters,
Don't know each others faces,
The two sisters,
Don't even know each other's names,

The two sisters have never met,
But they both know,
you.
--
For my little sister in Tibet

 

 

the two sisters

by Yoko Inoue
translated by Mugi Takei

 

the little sister
who lived in a land
as high as clouds
hated your hands
she was locked in your closet

at the same time
the big sister who lived in a land
far away
she was feeling moved by the movie you made

the little sister escaped from the closet
she kept walking
heading for a neighbor
in cold mountains
risking her life

at the same time
the big sister
was walking on a warm flat road
with a Korean teacup
she bought for pleasure
in her hand

the little sister almost
gave up her hope
when she saw her frostbitten feet

at the same time
the big sister was choosing
an ice-cream flavor
between vanilla and strawberry
at a convenience store

when the little sister was
about to
open the neighbor's door,
the big sister was about to
turn her computer on

suddenly the little sister was
shot by your gun and fell
in a crevasse

the two sisters never know
each other's faces
the two sisters never know
each other's names

the two sisters who were
never to meet each other,
only know about you

-to the little sister in Tibet-

 

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