Songs from My Heart: Poems and Photographs

Songs from My Heart: Poems and Photographs

Songs from My Heart: Poems and Photographs

Songs from My Heart: Poems and Photographs

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For some years now it has been my custom to record in the form of poems various ideas and emotions that come to me, giving them as free expression as possible. Goethe once remarked: "All my poems are occasional poems, suggested by real life, and having therein a firm foundation." My own poems too may be said to spring from real life, or more specifically, from the daily whirlwind of activities that I, like any ordinary person, find myself engaged in.

Embodying feelings that have come to me in the course of my association with friends or my talks with young people, these poems have been jotted down over the years in my diary or in odd corners of my notes. Most were composed while I was traveling about in the cause of peace, or in moments of leisure before retiring at night.

For this reason, I suppose there are some that, in form at least, hardly seem like poems at all. And yet they are all frank expressions of basic human emotions, and I wonder if that is not the true definition of poetry, regardless of the form it happens to take.

I confess I have considerable qualms when I think that these poems of mine in English translation will come before the eyes of readers in numerous countries around the world. But if they are read merely as messages from a plain individual who strives at all times to be an honest human being, then I will be gratified.

As for the photographs, these too are mine and were taken in much the same spirit as that in which the poems were written.

In closing I would like to express my thanks to Burton Wat son . . .

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