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Seer

On
a cold
and late
winter night

the
fortune
teller

on the
sidewalk
crouches
in
his chair

totally
unaware
of the

lighted
candle
on his
table




inching
closer

and
closer
to his
tie

finally
setting
it on
fire



Gambari-kun
2008 January

Evolution

most
boys and girls

don't
grow up
to become

men or women

but
foxes



Gambari-kun
2008 February

Brain Washing

The
Japanese
public bath

is
a place
to cleanse

not only
your body
but

also
your mind





Gambari-kun
2008 March

Lifestyle

A
life
unlived

is
no crime
at all

what
is
important

is
to work

and
work

and
save
and save



for
the day
when
you will
have
to have

a bypass
operation







Gambari-kun
2008 May

Unhappy

The
Law of Being

and not
Moses's
ten commandments

tell us

he
who turns
his back

on
truth

destroys
himself

Gambari-kun
2008 June

Olympics

one
two
three

Fire!

Buddhism
Christianity
Islam

all
have
become

world
class
religions


not
because
of

love
of God
or
Truth

but because of ...?

the
numbers game
continues indefinitely



Gambari-kun
2008 July

Mister Donut



Walking up
the stairs
of
Mister Donut

my milkshake
hobbling
above
my left hand

I
hold on
to my bag
with
my right
arm

finally
landing safely
on the
second floor

only
to spill
most of
the contents
against
the wall

as
a dozen
gaping eyes

watch me

quickly slide
into
my seat

I
drink up

what little
there is

and
slide out
of the seat
and
the store

when
a hundred steps
later

a pat
on my shoulder
makes me
turn around


and
there she is

the girl
who had
served me
the milkshake

once again
holding

another

in both
her hands

and
offering
it to me
so lovingly

Gambari-kun
2008 October

Mystery

At
any
one time

wise men
say

there
cannot be
more than

three
enlightened
people
alive ...



My
friend
Bruce
and I

often
wonder

who
the other
person
might
be

Gambari-kun
2008 October

Mister Donut 2

A
good place
to get
unlimited
coffee refills
and
opinions

from
expatriate
intellectuals

on
all things
Japanese

Gambari-kun
2008 November

Bingo!

When
the
Soviet Union
Economic
House
crashed

in
the
80's

the
Berlin Wall
came down
with
it

and

Ronald Reagan
became
a hero!

Gambari-kun
2008 November

Why

Why
be a
Buddhist

when
you can be
a Buddha

Why
be a
Christian

when
you can be
a Christ






a Chinese
an American
an Indian
a Japanese
a Russian

when
you can be
a
human being

when
you can be

your own
authentic self

Why?



Gambari-kun
2008 December
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