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"I was born in…"

I was born in Kamata, Tokyo

Homeless
Prostitutes
Gay people
In the park
In the station
In the supermarket
Murmuring
Shouting
Watching
Sleeping

I was born in Kamata, Tokyo

Granma was carrying me on her back
Saying
“Iiko, iiko. Never seen such a pretty baby”
Mom was holding me in her arms
Kissing me
On my cheeks
On my lips
On my soul

I was born in Kamata, Tokyo

Smell of
Night
City
Alcohol
Cigars
Toilets
Fast food
Chinese food
Ramen
Sushi

I was born in Kamata, Tokyo

I grew up in Fujisawa, Kanagawa

I could see Mt. Fuji
Every morning
Every evening
Every face
Pure, clear morning blue sky
Sun, rising a melty honey color
Burning, shining sunset
Smokey evening
A white hat on his head

In summer days
My skin tans
Smells like sunshine
Tastes like the first Gin-and-Tonic on the beach
Sounds like a shooting star dusting the sky

In summer days
I saw fireworks on the beaches of
Kamakura, Enoshima, Chigasaki, Tsujido, Zushi
I was crazy about
Exploding flowers over the beaches
Sprinkles of
Red crimson, Egyptian gold, Mediterranean blue, Emerald green
Disappearing into deep Shonan nights

Boogie boarding I command:
Be a wave!
Be the wind!
Faster, faster!
Give me more speed!

My skin was salty
In the Pacific Ocean
On the wave
I could feel
Connected with every continent
A part of the ocean
A part of the earth
Remembering
I was born from the ocean
Floating
Diving

I grew up in Fujisamwa, Kanagawa

Now I am in New York

Vibrations of hot energy
Crossing thoughts
Mixed
Mixed
I am comfortable
Putting myself in
This
Rainbow juice

People
Sing in overlapping layers
Shout with mouths clapping
Dance to world music rhythms
Speak in swinging words
Run in swift beats
Though the streets
and the subways
Through the parks

Now I am in New York

Smell
Honey peanuts
Hot dogs
Pizza
Coffee
Pretzels
Bagels
Curry
Sushi
Falafel
Yankee Stadium
Central Park
Harlem Nights
MOMA

I
Fell in love with New York
“and you can’t take that away from me”
Like dancing with Tamango
Feeling his warmth through my soul
Hoping
To stay here
In New York
Forever
And ever

Now

I am in New York

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