By Thomas Page

The Untranslatable

This is a series of poems of words that do not directly translate into English. I have tried to capture the essence of the word in a poem.


Light escaping through trees

In a dreamlike forest of pinks and greens

Of eternal dusks and dawns queueing up shadow puppets

Like gobos casting dramas and romances

Written on the back of hands

The leaves the paper of folklore beyond the need for tongues

Uttering sounds needing to be comprehended

Leaves, a lantern hued with chlorophyll,

Breathing lighted life on the roots.


Language: Japanese

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