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ポエッセイワールド - 東洋と西洋、芭蕉とアリストテレスの出会い - 世界中からよせられるポエッセイを毎月UP!
Poessays of 12 Months

Poessay of January
















Illustration by KUISHINBOU

January 1

I
don't believe
in God

or
the Devil
for
that matter

but
on
New Year Day

I'll
visit
a shrine
church
temple
and
mosque



simply
to say

Thank You
To
Whom
It
May Concern










by Gambari-kun (c)
Gambari-kun's Page

Poessay of February





Bilingual ひらがなタイムズ
Hiragana Times's
Poessay Series

illustration by 素材の救急車

Setsubun

Only
people

who
throw beans
know

the
real secret
of
Setsubun




the
bigger beans
frighten
the
bigger devils
and

the
smaller beans
the
smaller devils


by Gambari-kun(c)
Gambari-kun's Page

Poessay of March










Not
Boy's Day

Our dolls
will protect
us

from
all evil

including
boys
and

their
stupid
opinions










by Gambari-kun

Bilingual ひらがなタイムズ
Hiragana Times's
Poessay Series

Poessay of April









Photo by Photogallery FOREST

TYNE COT

when
you left
for
the front

you were
living heroes

and now
you're on top
of the hill

where only
poppies blow














By Jan Theuninck(c)
Jan Theuninck's Page


Poessay of May












Illustration by bluedaisy

Not
Girls' Day


Girls
can keep
their dolls

We boys
are

special

We
can
even fly

on
Boys' Day
















by Gambari-kun (c)
Gambari-kun's Page

Poessay of June













Zazen

In
the temple

I
thought
I would
find
enlightenment

but
all
I found
was

a
painful back



No
wonder
the
priests
say

life
is
suffering




by John Dougill (c)
John Dougill's Page

Poessay of July












Illustration by G.B.MATERIALS

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



by Gambari-kun (c)
Gambari-kun's Page

Kyoto Social Club
Reviews EN not YEN

Poessay of August












Modern Life

In
summer

shivering
in
an air-conditioned
room

I
slurp
hot
udon
noodles



In
winter

sweating
in
a over-heated room

I
enjoy
my ice cream

by Sora Narahashi (c)
Sora Narahashi's Page

Poessay of September












Shall
We Dance?

Always dancin'

to
somebody's
tune

changing partners

mid-stream

never stepping
on
anybody's toes




we become
good dancers
at last!








by Keiko Yoshioka (c)

Poessay of October












Glow

The sun
has set

and yet
in my heart

I
have kept
the warm
bright light

to go
through
the cold
dark night















by Barbara Dieu (c)
Barbara Diew's Page

Poessay of November














Home

My
good friend
Bruce

died
last week

like
an autumn
leaf

he
fell back

to
the earth














by Gambari-kun (c)
Gambari-kun 2002

Poessay of December














Dear Emperor

The
Japanese
respect
their Emperor

I'm
told

yet
on
this day
Dec 23

a
national holiday
and
The Emperor's Birthday

Japanese
and
foreigners
too

have
to teach
English

to
university
students

who
don't want
to study

by Harvey Wendell (c)
Harvey Wendell's Page



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