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“Not losing to the Rain” ／ by Miyazawa Kenji
雨にも負けず not losing to the rain
風にも負けず not losing to the wind
雪にも夏の暑さにも負けぬ not losing to the snow nor to summer's heat
丈夫なからだをもち with a strong body
慾はなく unfettered by desire
決して怒らず never losing temper
いつも静かに笑っている cultivating a quiet joy
一日に玄米四合と every day four bowls of brown rice
味噌と少しの野菜を食べ miso and some vegetables to eat
あらゆることを in everything
自分を勘定に入れずに count yourself last and put others before you
よく見聞きし分かり watching and listening, and understanding
そして忘れず and never forgetting
野原の松の林の陰の in the shade of the woods of the pines of the fields
小さな萱ぶきの小屋にいて being in a little thatched hut
東に病気の子供あれば if there is a sick child to the east
行って看病してやり going and nursing over them
西に疲れた母あれば if there is a tired mother to the west
行ってその稲の束を負い going and shouldering her sheaf of rice
南に死にそうな人あれば if there is someone near death to the south
行ってこわがらなくてもいいといい going and saying there's no need to be afraid
北に喧嘩や訴訟があれば if there is a quarrel or a suit to the north
つまらないからやめろといい telling them to leave off with such waste
日照りの時は涙を流し when there's drought, shedding tears of sympathy
寒さの夏はおろおろ歩き when the summer's cold, wandering upset
みんなにでくのぼーと呼ばれ called a blockhead by everyone
褒められもせず without being praised
苦にもされず without being blamed
そういうものに such a person
わたしはなりたい I want to become
America have seen too many successful people with out physical hard working since Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. created investment wining program call "the fast track".
Since then, "American dream hasn't been all about "hard working".
People in USA even call other who work so hard get small amount of money call stupid.
I went to watch a movie call "Runner Runner" The message the movie had was awful....
"Life is all about money", You can buy off people's mind. How can audience think the character Justin Timberland was in is so cool?
7 Years later....... After I moved to USA.
My life slowly started form some thing and see my future financial plan.
I had no choice, I had to work hard to create move my life to next stage. Because, I don't have any family financial history...........
I truly appreciate this poem written by Kenji Miyazawa.
"Ameni mo makezu"
We study this poem at school over and over, also we hear this on NHK (Japanese nation TV station) every
Yes, you may be abled to build your life up easer if your parents have money to give you, or you have education history in this country. You can only rely on to your ”Labor" if you don't have resources.
I see a lot of people sitting on the street complaining about how their underprivileged life.
It must be hard for young people to see this reality of "have and have not" on this land.
Because it's so obvious.
But, It is what it is.......
We must move on with our hard working.
I wish American kids born in poor family also can learn this poet by Kenji Miyazawa and motivated.
That's why folks, I put up this poet here today.
Then, guys like Steve Macqueen or Ken Takakura (Japanese actor who is similar to Macqueen character)
There was a time guys who work so hard and quiet were called "sexy guy"..........
"No lose in the Rain!"
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