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Not a dead bird / ノット・ア・デッド・バード

look up when down
in a glade or a gap in the trees

we watch the moon
weave in and out of the leaves:
faces and coloured stones,
constellations kaleidoscopic

small thing fell down
from it's garret-town leaf canopy -
not a dead bird, just a little fright
looking bright like green eyes

we speak here inside the song,
punctuating -
our words and sweeter song,
congregating

lost somewhere in the difference of height
between anticipation of flight and vertigo

our words and all birdsong,
congregating;
our words and sweeter song
congregating



ノット・ア・デッド・バード


見あげてごらん
沈んでいるときは
森の中の空き地で
ぼくらは眺めている
月が木の葉を織りあげる
いろんな顔、いろんな石
星座、万華鏡みたいに


ちいさなものが
落ちてきたよ
木の葉の天蓋の
屋根裏部屋から
死んだ小鳥じゃない
でもちょっと驚いた
緑の目みたいに眩しくて
ぼくらのお喋りは
その歌の中で
ときにふと途切れ
ぼくらの言葉と鳥の歌が
降り積もる


迷子になって
高さの違うどこかで
飛び立つ予感と
目眩のあいだで


ぼくらの言葉と鳥の歌が
降り積もる
ぼくらの言葉ともっとやさしい歌が
降り積もる




★対訳に際して、Willさんと相談の上、部分的に意訳してます。原詞をあわせてご参照ください。


Maybug

we'd been married in mollybars,
began to believe 
we were growing our doubts
on the outside
where we tilled the ground
'til it was sore,
planted seed in fields
as fertile as the deserts' barren

here's a rock,
the bane of roots;
here's a grub
will be a maybug



Sea-ing


in our minds' eyes
we see uplands
and we see unknowns

we make the gods
and we make the heavens

beach shells,
rough sand,
small white flecks of skin
from her hands...
...she says "what is not natural if nature is all",
feeling "something's unnatural but nature is all"'

soliloquy,
salt of the brown earth is lost in the blue sea
salt of the brown earth is lost




Up in the trees


seemed we might overcome nothing:
somehow i'll manage obstacles nebulous

up in the trees are faces,
looking out;
they laugh at me on two legs,
standing "free"



Halcyon


talk to me -
i have something important to say,
talk to me -
you have something important to say:

fireflies fly between us, hidden -
hidden under the cover of light;
kingfisher flew between us,
i saw the blue flash in your eyes

i once watched this intangible being
sitting on a ragged stern-line;
on following over the water,
bones in a burrow of mud, I did find.


talk to me -
i have something important to say,
talk to me -
you have something important to say:


  

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