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Growing up Gaijin
by Alice J Wisler

Monday, August 18, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Growing up in Asia...



Stale with cologne and hair tonic
crowded trains rush through rice fields
suited men absorbed in thick comic books

I in bagging red tights and plaid skirt
do not let the gray kimono ladies' frowns
squelch my laughter among my blond-haired friends

Stares and murmurings have grown up with me
the street vendor awed when I purchase
hot octopus and thank him in his native tongue

I dream of the America I only know through
The Partridge Family reruns dubbed in Japanese
where Lincolns and Chevrolets cruise wide streets

But when the mysterious motherland I visit,
they ask nothing about hot bowls of noodles,
deer at the temple or stuffy train rides to school

A belly filled with Hershey chocolate and apple pie
the envy of my blond-haired friends
I count the days till Gaijin will be my name again.



about the poem:
* Gaijin: Japanese word for foreigner.
This poem was the winner of the Carolina Woman Writing Contest in NC in May 2001. 

Alice J. Wisler
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Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 6/4/2009
I enjoyed this!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/1/2008
Interesting write. I appreciate your perspective, Alice. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Samuel Stone 8/25/2008
Good imagery in a well written piece... enjoyed reading your poem, wishing you well..
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/18/2008
My Daddy lived in Japan for three years, and it always has held a fascination with me - beautifully imaged, this caught between cultures - domo arigato, Alice-san. =] Welcome to Author's Den, you're among friends.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 8/18/2008
Well written. It's hard to be caught in the wrong culture. You just want to go back to your own. Lovely poem.


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