CONFESSION - 表白
'Forget', says someone, 'the rain that will fall on the children'
'Forget', says someone, 'the wind the children will breathe in'
'Forget', says someone, 'the food the children will eat'
'Then, forget', says someone, 'that this country can forsake people so easily'
But, Fukushima, we will not forget the mother sobbing because her milk is contaminated
We will not forget the father who blames himself for allowing his child
to be exposed to radiation
We will not forget the little girl who demands to be able to play out of doors
We will not forget the little boy who cried 'please don't forsake Fukushima. Help us!'
And we will not forget that all of this is the result of our behaviour.
Every one of us. We were accomplices, but did not realise the consequences
of nuclear plants, and concentrated exclusively on our well-being
In this deplorable reality, to those children that smile at us, trusting us completely,
we can only leave a future that no apologies, even repeated, can change
Yet, anyway, now let us begin by saying sorry
Responding to the wind of Namu Amida Butsu,
that it might give us strength, we say 'No to nuclear energy'
Responding to the light of Namu Amida Butsu, each one of us will shine
In this society someone whispers 'Forget! Forget!'
But we shall not forget Fukushima!
*Namu Amida Butsu -- I take refuge in Amida* Buddha!
*Amida, in Sanskrit Amitabha, is the Buddha of Infinite Light and Eternal Life and is Lord of the Western Paradise or Pure Land (whose ideograms really express the idea 'uncontaminated land').