Poetry

February 2022

A Song of Love

A sparrow attracted by the rice is singing a song of love

Uchimura Kaho

February 12, 2022

A Song of Love

The morning

I woke up,

it was a new year―

Shimekazari - a Japanese rope made from rice straws-

is hanging at the entrance door


A sparrow attracted by the rice

is singing a song of love

I wonder

with sleepy eyes

why the sun rises every day


Then I realize


......to give you good morning hugs

Uchimura Kaho (内村佳保) is a Japanese writer, lives in Tokyo. Her slogan won the grand prize at the Japanese Reconstruction Agency Slogan Competition 2017. Her book report won the special prize at the Defense of Japan 2019 Book Report Competition. She is the author of two novels, Jyuusansai no TAIDOU and Inishie Gatari vol.1. Her Tanka (a genre of classical Japanese poetry) won the grand prize at Minokamo city Tanka Competition 2021 and the Nikkei Newspaper the Best Tanka of the Year Award 2020. Her poems won the grand prize at Minokamo city Poetry Competition 2021 and Tajimi city Poetry Competition 2021. Find more on her website: https://uchimurakaho.studio.site.