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Mr Children: Shounen (Boy)

April 4, 2009

Shounen (Boy)

I crept quietly to your door
when I leaned in to listen to the voices leaking from inside
I figured it best to knock softly so as not to startle you
hey, I know you’re in there.
would it be alright if I came in?
I’m reaching out to enter into your inner world.

the shape of you is burned upon my heart, left there like a suntan
even when the sunflowers wilt, the glow can’t be removed, it remains.
inside my eyes when I hold you, the pulse of my heart assails me
it seems it will still take some time
to soothe, to quell this.

I want to depict you as realistically as possible
you think you could give me the time it will take?
I’ll draw you more beautifully than even the great painters could
you don’t have to sit still
you don’t need to smile
just be yourself and look towards me

the moment I get a hold of “happiness,” it always goes out of focus
so in the moments just before, I’ll take a good hard look
though, I wonder if that’s even possible?
with an unguarded smile the boy inside me
races on his bicycle rushing to see you
lay bare your selfishness and neediness to me
cause I will accept it all.

I’m reaching out to enter your inner world

the shape of you is burned upon my heart, left there like a suntan
even should the cicadas die off, the glow can’t be removed, it remains.
all sweaty, the boy inside me, races on his bicycle rushing to see you.
unload all your worries and sadness on me
cause I will accept it all.

Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

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