GAIN by Toyo Suyemoto is featured in the first issue of TREK, a literary magazine published in December 1942 by Japanese Americans incarcerated in the Topaz Concentration Camp during World War II.
Source: The Utah State University Topaz Japanese American Relocation Center Digital Collection.
Information about Toyo Suyemoto:
Mapping Literary Utah
Ohio State University Japanese Collections
Text of the poem: GAIN I sought to seed the barren earth And make wild beauty take Firm root, but how could I have known The waiting long would shake Me inwardly, until I dared Not say what would be gain From such untimely planting, or What flower worth the pain? — Toyo Suyemoto
Check out the Concentrational Poetic Resonance project to read more poems like this and learn about the poetry of the Japanese American World War II concentration camp experience.