Misuzu Kaneko

Ending the year with a poem by Misuzu Kaneko (who?), not Are You an Echo itself, a different one.

Flower Shop Man

The flower shop man
went to town to sell flowers
and sold them all.
Poor lonely flower shop man.
The flowers he cared for are all gone.
The flower shop man
is now alone in his hut
as the sun goes down.
The flower shop man
dreams of happiness
for the flowers he sold.