Sunflower of Parting Regrets
In the garden that had tired of waiting for summer,
I sowed seeds again this year.
Here, I can still see the days
that I spent with you, its colours unyielding.
A bud finally sprouts,
the sunflower that you so love.
I thought I could still get to see it next year and the next.
The letter that arrived
was of a magnificent rose red.
Amidst the falling rain,
your frail back fell apart.
If these hands of mine
have a tomorrow that they can protect,
then rejoice, my dear, as I will face it,
for the sake of the future that is linked to you.
Don't go, don't leave me behind!
I don’t want a future without you in it!
Just stay right here!
Wipe away this rain that won’t stop falling...
The steam whistle calls out,
the time of parting draws near.
Your back that stepped forward without hesitation...
With frail hands, you (I) pulled me (you) back with all your (my) might...
Don't stop me, with those hands of yours,
grab onto the precious tomorrow...
Don’t cry. At least at the very end,
send me off with the flowers of smiles...
Don’t die, don’t leave me behind!
I won’t give you a gift of parting regrets,
so just stay right here...
The never-ending rain hits us.
Let's remain in wait for the sunflowers...
English translation by Niji Konohana