Children: Let Them Amaze You
From a Child’s Heart
Every child in Japan has read the poems of Misuzu Kaneko. Her poetry rings with empathy, truth, and wisdom. She began writing as a very young child. She died as a very young adult in her early twenties.
Here is one of her poems written when she was a small child. It contains wisdom that all of us could apply in our lives today.
BIRD, BELL, AND I
Even if I spread my arms wide,
I can’t fly through the sky,
but still the little bird who flies
can’t run on the ground as fast as I.
Even if I shake my body about
no pretty sound comes out,
but still, the tinkling bell
doesn’t know as many songs as I.
Bird, bell, and I,
we’re all different, and that’s just fine.
You can read more of Misuzu Keneko’s poetry in this book, “Are You An Echo?”, the lost poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, translated by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi.