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I am writing poems adapting Japanese tsunami experiences into the first narrative. The poem is fictional based on a real event.


Please help me God,
I repeat under the crescent
moon. It gleams on a snow

pea field. The purple
petals bobble in the wind. The smell

of laundry detergent
blows from a vent. I trace
a lozenge on my thigh. Seventeen

minutes before May, you open
the door with toilet bowl cleaner. I hate
the lemon fragrance. The TV camera

shows camphor trees. Japanese school
girls march with microphones. We don’t

need the nuclear plants. We want
healthy children. I break

egg shells and cook a pea
omelet. You boil water for the chicken
flavored noodles. In the kitchen, your

finger slowly moves

down my spine.

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