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Poessayist: Gambari-kun

Gambari-kun 2002

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Flying High

I've
taken
an airplane


from
another
country


to get
here

also
a train


a bus


and
a 4WD jeep


when
I could
easily
have changed


into
loose
clothes

sat on
a mat


in
my room


and
meditated



ęGambari-kun
2001 Nov

Home

My
good friend
Bruce


died
last week


like
an autumn
leaf


he
fell back

to
the earth

ęGambari-kun
2001 Dec

Final Test

Life
is

a
magic
show

if
you can
feel
it

you're
alive

otherwise
you are dead


ęGambari-kun
2002 Jan

Beyond Me

in this
wintry month
of
February
and
Finals
and
Valentine's

LOVE

at
Mister Donuts
means

studying
is

more
important

than
enjoying donuts
together

making me
stare
longer than
I should
at all

the
half-finished
donuts

and
wonder ...

ęGambari-kun
2002 Feb

Big Bust

in
the
80s

Japan's
was
a booming
economy

and it
boomed
and boomed

and the
whole world

looked
up

to
Japan
and

the
Japanese

who
were
no longer
Asian

or
at least
in
a class
of
their own



and

of course

Japan
as
No.1

became
the
bestseller!

Remember?

but
then

The
Sun set

and
the seasons
changed
and
changed

for
the worse

and now
it
appears

the
Japanese

can't do
anything right!
or

so
the books
tell us

and worse ...

The
Emperor

says

The
Japanese
Royal Family

has
Korean blood
in
their veins

(Royal
I hope)

and
oh yes

everybody

has
clay feet

ęGambari-kun
2002 March

Identity

I
think

therefore
I am

said
Descartes

a
brilliant
logician

who
unfortunately

had
no insight

into
human nature

I
control
my students

therefore
I am

is
much closer

to
the truth

I think


ęGambari-kun
2002 April

Success

I
failed

the
English
test

but
passed

the
HIV



ęGambari-kun
2002 May

GOAL!

heading
the ball

can
damage
your brain

say
doctors

Don't
worry

I
say






you
need
no brain

to play
soccer


ęGambari-kun
2002 July





West Is Best

Openly

express
your
opinions

says
the foreign
language
expert
enthusiastically

His
English
is
very good!
a student
comments

but
he doesn't
understand
Japanese society

Why

would
I
want
to express
my opinions

openly

and get
into trouble?

he asks
incredulously

ęGambari-kun
2002 Aug

Request

Last
night

Moses

visited me
in
a dream
and said

Go
forth
and spread
the word

the
old ten
commandments

are
cancelled

outmoded




from
now on
there
will be
only

two

a sense
of humor
and
a feeling
of gratitude

and
these
are not
commandments

but
a scale
for you
to
stand on

and check
your
spiritual
health

Why
me?

Why not
George Bush?
I ask

You
are
Chosen!
says
Moses

Don't
ask
why

I
didn't!


ęGambari-kun
2002 Sep

Cheers!

The
wedding
was
a great
success

although
the marriage
failed



ęGambari-kun
2002 Oct



Reply
Guaranteed

Prof
Giri
says

he
always
replies

to
people
who
apply

for
jobs
to
teach
English
and

don't
get
them

as
it is
an
authentic
experience

in
the art

of
letter
writing
ęGambari-kun
2002 Nov

Make Love
Not War

Make love
to
your wife
with
no love
in
your heart

and
society
will turn
a blind
eye

Make
love
to someone
who
isn't
your wife

with
love
in
your heart

and
society
will give
you
the eye

ęGambari-kun
2002 Dec

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