True Treasure, by Murakami Haruka

Alrighty, I think I can!
Today, once again, Haru the Ferret
Is climbing the great big hill with all her might
She has in her tiny body.
Today, once again, the four friends will take a nap together.
Alrighty, I think I can!

When Haru arrives at the top of the hill
The sun has also arrived, to the very top of the sky.
To take a nap on top of the hill is a joy to Haru.
But today, something is different.

On top of the hill three ferrets have gathered.
Gathered here, what are they doing?
“Wow, this is a wonderful place.
Would it be all right for us to nap here with you?”
Haru responds, brimming with happiness,
“Yes. Let’s all nap together.”

Alrighty, I think I can!
Today, once again, Haru the Ferret
Is climbing the great big hill with all her might
She has in her tiny body.
Today, once again, the four friends will nap together.
Alrighty, I think I can!

“Let’s plant a giant tree here!”
Says Aki the Ferret.
“If we do, this place will become even better!”
Everyone agrees.

This tree is their treasure.
It is a treasure planted with all their hard work.

Alrighty, I think I can!
Today, once again, she will nap together with her four friends,
Gathered beneath the tree at the peak of the hill.
What’s this? The tree has given a fruit.
Upon the tree one teeny, tiny, lonely fruit has sprung forth.
A new treasure has been borne.

“What a delicious-looking fruit! I’d like to eat it,”
Says Haru the Ferret.

“No way! It was I who found it! I’ll eat it,”
Says Nattsu the Ferret.

“Idiots! If the tree has borne this fruit,
Many more are sure to follow,”
Says Aki the Ferret.

“I don’t think so. No, definitely not.
This fruit has come forth only with great difficulty,”
Says Fuyuyu the Ferret.

Oh no! Oh no! Things have degenerated into a quarrel.
Because there is just one fruit these quarrels have arisen.
Soon, everyone will no longer nap and play together.

“Goodbye.”
“Goodbye.”
“Goodbye.”

At the peak of the hill, only Haru remains.
Before, everyone took soothing naps together.
Now, only Haru remains.

The next day, Haru naps at home.
And the next day. And the next day.
She naps alone.
“I’m lonely. I’m so lonely.
I want to see my friends. I want to see everyone!”

Alrighty, I think I can!
The following day, Haru is once again
Climbing the hill with all the might in her little body.
I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!

On the top of the hill is a tree that has become a giant.
It’s massive branches have borne much fruit.
But Haru remains sad.
Even though these are the treasures she pined for,
She no longer wants them.

“I’m so lonely! It’s so miserable to be alone!
I miss my friends! I want to see them again.”

So saying, Haru has found the true treasure.

I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!
Haru has found the true treasure.
She believes.
She believes with all her heart that the day will come
When once again everyone will be able to sleep peacefully together.

With this hope in her heart,
Today, once again, Haru the Ferret
Is climbing the great big hill with all the might
In her little body.
Alrighty, I think I can!

 

 

 

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