Monday, October 21, 2013


Dull-eyed girl
Never listening
Always looking at space
You made me speak your name a hundred times
Each class
Nana Nana Nana Nana

I was surprised
When you came to me afte
And asked how to get your English
As good as my Japanese
Even more thrilled
When you jotted down everything I said
About making it part of your life
Doing something you love in English

I saw you
As if for the first time
Eyes alive
Mind a void hungry to be filled
To go out and change the world

In that instant
You were heart-achingly beautiful
And I knew I loved
My job

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Weight of Things

you were thrown
into the ocean
above the Marianas Trench
tied to all your possessions
do you think
you could let go
of things