My Back Turned
My back turned on all
I find my way alone.
My sorrows no one
This poem was written in December 1907, the year to which Bokusui’s graduation from Waseda University was deferred. Bokusui had been influenced bv naturalism in literature and dreamt of becoming a novelist. Without returning back from Tokyo to his home town he became more committed to his decision to live as a writer.
However Bokusui was also experiencing the first pangs of love and this poem reflects the sorrows he embraced at that time. He tells himself that his path through life will be lonely.