POESSAYWORLD
West Meets East and Aristotle Meets Basho

Kyoto Visitor's Guide
introduces EN not YEN by Gambari-kun

Written under the nom de plume Gambari-kun, the 112 poessays (a blend of the poem and essay) in EN not YEN takes you through every imaginable subject: from Global Awareness to Salaryman to Sake. Check out EN not YEN; it is a humorous look at life and living in the Land of Wa.

Unsaid
I
don't like
the rain

but
I never
say so

because
it is
difficult

for
Japanese
speakers
of English

to pronounce
the letter

r

says
my wife

Bonsai
Every
so often

on
an
off day

I
start
to think

the
Japanese
education
system
and

the
art
of
Bonsai


subscribe
to
the
same
philosophy

never
allow

the child
(or
the tree)

a
chance
to arrive
at her
true
potential

Dec.2000/Jan.2001



Fickle
I
look up
the word

ego

in my
dictionary
and
it reads

mind


so
I look up
mind

and it
reads

mad

Does your
dictionary
tell
it differently?


Food for Thought
Good teachers
always
tell
their students

how much
their homework
has
in common
with sashimi

the fresher
the better

February 2001


Global Awareness
After
a profound
lecture
on issues
related to
the state
of the
Earth


our students
stagger
out of
the classroom

leaving
the lights on

and
head straight
for the
cigarette vending
machines

which
have been
installed
on campus

by the
university




March 2001



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