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8th Grade Education

Published by CKIKEDA | Monday, May 09, 2011 2:15 AM


How many dreams float away in the senko smoke of the shrine?: 146 word [i]Theme #1 the shrine[/i]


Yamete, stop, okaasan scolds --
no crying
otosan's ashes sit silent on the mantle
as the minister starts the chanting again
Hayaku, hurry,
okaasan pushes me toward the shrine
I'm the oldest son, so I first,
pinch the incense, three times
put into the urn with the senko burning,
bow in prayer
[i]namu ami da butsu
namu ami da butsu[/i]
Kaiji and Takushi behind me,
then Mit-chan behind them.

I responsible for them now
plus okaasan, pregnant with her fifth child.
Even if I beg okaasan for let me go high school,
she say shikata ga nai,
it can't be helped.
She say I have to go Pioneer Mill,
get my bango
keep food on the table,
make sure Mit-chan and the boys finish high school.

I one man now
with one 8th grade education.
I feel my life
floating away in senko smoke.



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