GOOD SWELL JOURNAL /

Everybody is sleeping.
It is standing and sleeping.
It is lying and sleeping.
It is upside down and sleeping.
It is nestling up and sleeping.
It is running and sleeping.
It is swimming and sleeping.
It is jumping and sleeping.
It is sleeping like crazy.
It is sleeping on a tree.
It is sleeping in the grass.
It is sleeping in the ground.
It is sleeping in a cave.
It is sleeping in the leaves.
It is sleeping in water.
It is sleeping in bed.
It is sleeping in the house.
It is sleeping in the woods.
It is sleeping in the sea.
It is sleeping under the clouds.
It is sleeping under the moon.
It is sleeping under the stars.
We are all sleeping on the earth.
Until the sun comes up.

いきなり英語の詩で申し訳ないが、今年、mille booksから出た「みんなねている」という本。イラストレーターの福田利之さんが絵を描いて、絵本にしてくれた。日本語で書いたものだが、英訳したものを読んだら、なんだかもっと雰囲気が出たので、ここに載せてみたくなった。もう長く詩を書いてきたが、こうして絵本になるのは初めてこと。今年も随分あちこちで展示されたが、来年も福田利之さんの作品の展示はあちこちで続く。3月は鳥取県、境港市の「一月と六月」というお店で展示予定で、詩の朗読などのイヴェントも入っている。 (h.n)

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