The man with fire in his eyes
There is fire in his eyes
When he stares at me intently I become hot
A cold heart and a chilled stomach
He has the African sun in his eyes
A man who has the pride of the Zulu royal family
The meat he roasted for me
In the oven in his kitchen in between revolutions
In the living room his one year old twins Ra and Re
Were taking turns crying
His eyes of fire gently soothing the children
Sing a lullaby
There was a moment the warm
Earth was warmed to the core and became happy
In the living room of the man with fire in his eyes.
Kazuko Shiraishi, born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1932 is a prominent Japanese poet. She spent seven year of life in Canada before moving to Japan . The contrast between the serene live in Vancouver and the nationalistic Japan left deep impressions on the young poet who felt and keeps feeling herself being an outsider. Shiraishi, who started writing poetry at a very early age, became one of the first surrealistic poets in Japan . She published her first book of poetry, “The Town that Rains Eggs”, in 1951.