Haiku Poem




shorter and darker days
only snow filled clouds
so miserable


短日や北国覆う雪の雲

たんじつ や きたぐに おおう ゆき の くも




In Michigan toward the middle of fall the days start to get noticeably shorter and of course colder. It seems that around 4:00 in the afternoon that it starts to get dark and colder as the sun sets earlier. When looking up at the sky there are almost always big black clouds that look like they are full of snow. At that point I realize that winter is coming and I am very, very sad. I hate to be cold and the winters in Michigan are so long. I realize that from late October to May it will be very cold. Even when there are days of suddenly warm weather they are hard to enjoy because I know that the cold weather will soon be back.



 ミシガン州では、秋半ばになると、日の長さが目に見えて短くなり、寒さも増してきます。太陽の沈むのが早くなり、午後4時頃になると、だんだん暗くなり寒くなってきます。空を見上げると、たいてい、いつも、雪をいっぱい含んだ黒い雲を見ることができます。その時、私は、冬が来たことを実感して、もの凄く嫌な気分になります。私は寒いのが苦手なので、ミシガン州の冬はとても長く感じます。10月下旬から5月まで、厳しい寒さが続くのです。その間、突然、暖かい日が来ても、すぐに寒さが舞い戻って来るので、楽しむことは出来ません。


– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko




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