Why is the river laughing?
Why, because the sun is tickling the river
Why is the river singing?
Because the skylark praised the river’s voice
Why is the river cold?
It remembers being once loved by the snow.
How old is the river?
It’s the same age as the forever young
Why does the river never rest?
Well, you see it’s because the mother sea
Is waiting for the river to come home.
Shuntaro Tanikawa (1931 - ) is one of the most popular poets of Japan who has written a lot for children. His style is simple, objective and Humorous
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