I've never been to France,
so I don't know what real cafe au leit tastes like.
The night was freezing cold again, and it was almost dawn,
so I went to the kitchen
and sprinkled instant coffee over goats milk, and made cafe au leit.
It was warm and delicious, my cafe au leit,
and I was just thinking
"Thank you, goat", and savouring it on my own,
when from the little hut where the goat should be asleep,
I heard a cry, "baa!"
Translated from the Japanese by Alexis Jones.
6 Oct. 2004
'Biroba bosino sitade/Poetry of Sansei Yamao' 1993 Published in Yasosha
Other poems by Sansei Yamao:
"Make the fire", "Mitto-kun and a cloud", "A Moonlit Night", "At the Mountain"
New INDEX page of Sansei Yamao 's Poetry
About Sansei Yamao
Born in Kyoto in 1979, Yusuke started his career as an artist in the Kansai area (Japan) after graduating from a design academy. He has participated in many group exhibitions, and in 2004 he had his first solo exhibition, titled "Wanaiga" at iTohen (a gallery, book store and cafe in Osaka). He is the author of a book of drawings also titled "Wanaiga".
Copyright 1993 by Sansei Yamao
English translation Copyright 2004 by Alexis Jones
Illustration Copyright 2004 by Yusuke Mashiba