COMMUNICATIVE TIMES No.6

Autumn 2001

John Pereira (Editor)
Dr. Simon Potter (Associate Editor; Saitama University, College of Liberal Arts)
Prof. Komei Go (Associate Editor; Kyoto Seika University)
Toto Akeru (Art Director)

POESSAYS

POESSAYS
West Meets East
and
Aristotle Meets Basho

These
little things
are
not poetry

but
a simple marriage
of
the poem
and
essay forms

Poessays
in fact

are
opinions
expressed
poetically
@@@@@@@Editors

Autumn
Autumn
is
beautiful

with
the leaves
turning
red

yes
it is
beautiful

as
I sit
and watch
the leaves

outside
the
classroom
window

not
listening
to
a word

my
teacher
is
saying

Mayuko Taira










Tip
On
January 1

people

all over
Japan

visit
shrines

where
they make
wishes

and
ask God
for this
and that

leaving
5 or 10 yen

Shoko Takagi

Good News
Winter
is cold

and so
people
have to wear

a lot
of clothing

making
everybody
look fatter

than
they are

Satoshi Saito








Toys
As
a child

I played
every day

with
my toys

Now
they are

in the
cupboard

I
should
give them
away

but
I can't ...

Kazumi Takao


No help
The
hands

of
the clock

move
slowly

when
I'm
in class

but
fast

when
I'm
outside

Why
are you

so
ill natured?

Atsushi Iguchi

Oasis
I
have
a world

that
is

a
comfort
to me

and
cheers
me up!

the
way
to get
there

is
easy








just push
the
"play"
button

on
the audio

and
your world

will
spread
like spring

Mai Tsujimura

Diet
I
want
to have

a
slim body

so
I'm
watching
a
diet program

on
TV

all
the while

lying down
and
munching
potato wafers

Kayoko Tsuji




Unlucky
On
a rainy day

I
fell off
my bike
and
had to go
to hospital

where
pretty girls
looked
after me
well

Now
my left foot
and right arm
are
O.K.

but
I
leave
the hospital
with
a
broken
heart

Shinya Izawa

Coffee Lovers
I
love
my new
boyfriend

and

I love
coffee
too

He
loves
me

but
not coffee

I
hope
he will
love
coffee
or

I
will
look
for
a new
boyfriend

Mika Kawai

Dear
Teacher
The
record
of
attendance

shows
it's
not enough
(.)

it
looks
like

I
won't get
a
passing grade

but
still
I have

a
little hope

So
I don't
give up

Oh you
good-for-nothing!

Minako Ikegaki

Thank you
I
want
to sleep

I
want
to sleep

I
want
to sleep

but
I
must
go
to school

so
here
I
am!
zzzz....

Yoko Kawasaki











POEMS

Honeymoon
Today
is

my
honeymoon

and

we are
going
to Hawaii

My
preparations
are done!

toothbrush
camera
guidebook
and
passport

So
let's
take off!

But
where is
my husband?

Kayo Ogihara

Reality Check
I
won
a million yen

in
a public
lottery

bought
a large
house

went
on a
tour
round-the-world

ate
delicious
food

dressed
in
expensive
clothes

then

I
woke
up ...

Nakayama Chiho

Human Beings
People
say
we are
all brothers
and
we have
to live
together

So
why
are there
so many
wars?

Kentaro Hayashi

Pets
In
modern
society

people
not only
keep pets

but
are also

kept
by them

Takeshi Takaya

Warning!
Women
are
spiders

weaving
their
webs

waiting
for us

to
fall
inside

Sakamoto Takuya


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