Hokusai says / Hokusai dit

(pour la version française voir plus bas)

 

Great Wave off Kanagawa2The Great Wave of Kanagawa

If you haven’t heard of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, you will probably have come across his famous Great Wave of Kanagawa pictured above.

Art historian Roger Keyes studied Hokusai’s work in great detail and was inspired to write the very moving and enlightening poem that I reproduce below with his kind permission. Every line of this poem rings true to me, and it is an honour to be able to share it here.

 

Hokusai says

Hokusai says look carefully.

He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it is interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

 He says everyone of us is a child,
everyone of us is ancient,
everyone of us has a body.
He says everyone of us is frightened.
He says everyone of us has to find
a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –
shells, buildings, people, fish,
mountains, trees. Wood is alive.
Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw,
or write books. It doesn’t matter
if you saw wood or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.

Look, feel, let life take you
by the hand.

Let life live through you.

Roger Keyes


Hokusai au musée Guimet (8289711708)Landscape

Meme si vous n’avez pas entendu parlé de l’artiste Japonais Katsushika Hokusai, vous aurez sans doute déja vu sa célèbre Grande Vague de Kanagawa.

L’historien d’art Roger Keyes a étudié les travaux de Hokusai en détail. Il a été inspiré pour écrire le poème ‘Hokusai says’, reproduit en anglais ci-dessus avec son aimable permission. Ci-dessous vous pouvez lire une traduction française à laquelle ma tante et moi avons travaillé. Chaque ligne de ce poème sonne vrai et m’apprend quelque chose ; c’est un honneur que de pouvoir le partager ici.

 

Hokusai dit

Hokusai dit: regarde avec attention.

Il dit: sois à l’écoute, en éveil.
Il dit: garde les yeux ouverts, reste curieux.
Il dit: on ne cesse jamais de découvrir.

Il dit: regarde venir les années avec sérénité.
Il dit: ne cesse pas de changer,
tu ne fais que t’approcher de qui tu es réellement.
Il dit: quand tu es dans l’impasse, accepte-la,
répète-toi tant que c’est intéressant.

Il dit: continue à faire ce que tu aimes.

Il dit: continue à prier.

 Il dit: chacun de nous est un enfant,
chacun de nous a une histoire très ancienne,
chacun de nous a un corps.
Il dit: chacun de nous a peur.
Il dit: chacun de nous doit trouver
une manière de vivre avec la peur.

Il dit: tout est vivant –
coquillages, maisons, humains, poissons,
montagnes, arbres. Le bois est vivant.
L’eau est vivante.

Tout a sa vie propre.

Tout vit en nous.

Il dit: vis avec le monde en toi.

Il dit peu importe que tu dessines,
ou que tu écrives des livres. Peu importe
que tu scies du bois, ou que tu pêches du poisson.
Peu importe que tu restes chez toi
à comtempler les fourmis dans ta véranda
ou l’ombre des arbres
et l’herbe de ton jardin.
L’important c’est d’être attentif.

L’important c’est de ressentir.

L’important c’est d’être en éveil.

L’important c’est que la vie vive à travers toi.

Le contentement, c’est la vie qui vit à travers toi.
La joie, c’est la vie qui vit à travers toi.
La satisfaction, la force,
c’est la vie qui vit à travers toi.
La paix, c’est la vie qui vit à travers toi.

Il dit n’aie pas peur.
n’aie pas peur.

Regarde, ressens, que la vie te prenne
par la main.

Que la vie vive à travers toi.

 

Katsushika Hokusai - Yoshitsune Falls, from the series Famous Waterfalls in Various Provinces - Google Art ProjectYoshitsune Falls

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3 Responses to Hokusai says / Hokusai dit

  1. roger says:

    Dear Alice, This is so beautiful!
    We’ve already started sending it to OUR friends and family!
    Love, Roger

  2. tchoubette says:

    thanks for sharing this very inspiring poem 🙂

  3. Ken Chawkin says:

    Discovering your blog I can see why you posted this poem and what it means to you.

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