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The time has come
For my arrest
This dark rainy night.
I calm myself and listen
To the sound of the shoes.

Torawaruru
Toki wa kitarinu
Ame no yoi
Kokoro sadamete
Kutsu no oto kiku

— Sojin Tokiji Takei

Sojin Tokiji Takei moved to Maui, Hawaii, in 1922, with his parents. He was principal of the Paia Japanese language school on Maui and co-founder of the Maui Tanka Poetry Club. He was arrested two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and sent to a series of relocation camps. In December 1944, he was moved to the camp at Crystal City, Texas, where he was reunited with his family after a three-year separation.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 American citizens.

[Research note: Keiho Soga, Taisanboku Mori, Sojin Takei, and Muin Ozaki, Poets Behind Barbed Wire, Jiro Nakano and Kay Nakano, eds. (Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1983), p. 13.]

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