Haiku Poem – 年頭の誓い

my lofty goals
only to be forgotten
next year for sure

(Jim version)
頑張ります次々失敗来年は
がんばります つぎつぎ しっぱい らいねん は

(Michiko version)
継続は緊張感で力成る
けいぞく は きんちょうかん で ちから なる

The new year is here and along with all of the festivities that take place, one of the traditions of New Years is to have a New Years resolution. It can be something like losing weight, take up an exercise program or stop eating certain foods or maybe stop smoking or drinking. It is always something that is done to better oneself but it can also be something simple like traveling to a different country that the person has always wanted to go to. Unfortunately the resolutions often get thrown away as some things like quitting smoking or drinking are too hard or finding the time to exercise regularly is very difficult. Some resolutions may be to hard to reach but others can be easier to achieve. Improving ones job or education may be easier than quitting smoking. I am pretty sure all of us had had resolutions that we could not achieve!

 新年を迎えると、色々な伝統行事が行なわれます。その一つとして、年頭の誓いと云うのがあります。それは、体重を減らす、運動プログラムを受ける、体に悪い食物は食べない、あるいは、たばこやお酒をやめるといったものです。それは、だいたい自分をより良くする為のものです。しかし、例えば、いつも行ってみたいと思っていた国へ旅すると云った簡単なものもあり得ます。残念なことに、たばこやお酒をやめるのは非常に難しく、また、定期的に運動する時間を作り出すことも難しいので、正月の決心は投げ出されることになります。年頭の誓いには、実現しにくいものと、しやすいものがあるかも知れません。自分の仕事や教育の改善は、たばこをやめるよりも簡単かも知れません。私たちは、誰も達成できない誓いを立てていたことは確かです。

Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Shuzo
– Photo by Jim
ハワイ州オアフ島

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