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Poem of the Day

Before and After

Sinead Morrissey

I

'Agricultural high schools are the worst high schools in Japan.
The kids who swing through locked windows in Junior High
And masturbate in class come here, or ones not retarded

Severely enough to merit a house for the disabled,
All teeth and slurred speech none the less. They'll leave you notes
To tell you how they're injured in their heads.

A few are sons of farmers come to learn the trade,
But most have come with nowhere else to go.
The children who fall through the sieve of the system

Stop falling here for three years. Though if they rape
Or get arrested more than twice, they leave -
A free-fall to the bottom, the Yakuza or the sex trade -

We don't follow their sliding through. We're a thin membrane,
The box that holds the anger and the danger from the academic schools,
And the last cradle also. You can't teach here -

The children have no notion of oceans or algebra,
They'll want to know the English for sexual positions
And threaten you, perhaps, with aerosols and matches.'

II

I come back from school with baskets of persimmons, flowers
Sometimes, a bucket of miso, my head full of people vibrant and broken
Somewhere I can't see: all presents I hope I can carry.

At the Agricultural High School near Ogaki City, kindness falls over me
More than anywhere. Like the persimmons in your garden by Yoro Hill -
Enough colour in the mouth of winter to stop the cold.
Taken from 'New Poetries II'...
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