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Entertainment

Little boys
enjoy
playing
with trains

and
little girls
with dolls

Grown up
men and women
have
their toys
too

We
enjoy
playing
with words

Gambari-kun
January 2009

Diet

My friend
the
Great Scholar
has
swallowed

the
whole
dictionary

and has
a bad case
of
indigestion





Now
if only

he could
find
a way

to
pass it
out
of his
system

he
could be
healthy
and
intelligent
again

Gambari-kun
February 2009

Social Science

Michael
Jackson
wants
to be
a Caucasian

so he
has had
surgery
to fix
his lips
and

has
even
bleached
his skin
to look
white

my
students
say
or write

again and
again



When
I
point out
that

millions
of young
Japanese

bleach
their hair
gold

and
tell them

there are
probably
more
blondes
in Tokyo
than
Chicago



they
look
at me
as
though

I'm
a great
social critic

I
would never
have thought
of
that

all
by myself

their eyes
seem
to say
to me



Gambari-kun
March 2009

Old Age

On
the day
I
buy

a
Burberry
coat

and

an
expensive
car

I'll
know
in
my bones

I've
become
old!

Gambari-kun
April 2009

College Date

In a
chic
coffee shop
he sits
across
from her
and
reads
his
comic book
while
she reads
hers

They don't
speak







Fifteen
minutes
pass

without
a word



Then
he
says

"Let's go"

She nods

and
they leave

Gambari-kun
May 2009


Who's
Right?


Human
beings
say

pigs
are
dangerous

Swine
say

homo sapiens
are
dangerous!



Gambari-kun
June 2009

Baby Face

Churchill
was
a
great
warrior

who
looked
good
in
a
tuxedo

and
who
stopped
Hitler
with

a
little
help
from

Einstein
Roosevelt
and
others

After
the
war

he
still
looked
good
in a
tuxedo

Gambari-kun
August 2009

Blue

the
white rose
tells
the
red rose

but
you ain't
white!

Gambari-kun
September 2009




Honestly

We
need to
teach
our
children

about
honesty

says
my friend

standing
tall
on his
moral
pedestal

I
nod
agreeably

otherwise
how will

the next
generation

ever learn

how to
be honest?
he continues



Didn't
our parents
teach us
to be
honest?

What
went
wrong?



Gambari-kun
November 2009

Mister Donut
in
Winter


Eating
a donut and
drinking coffee

on
a cold
wintry night

I
look around

at
all the
students



who
have
their noses

buried
in
their textbooks

leaving
their coffee
to
go cold

and
their
half-eaten
donuts

to
stare
at me
unashamedly

in
the face


Gambari-kun
December 2009

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