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Dec 6

My Favorite Things by Shuntaro Tanikawa

'Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings —
These are a few of my favorite things.’

—Oscar Hammerstein

 
No matter how much
I like a thing
actually owning it
somewhat bores me.

And no matter how much
I like that thing
not owning it
makes me somewhat resentful of it.

'Raindrops on rose and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, …’

Poor Oscar,
your forced rhymes
sound just awful.
Sometimes even the soul is flatulent.

I want a drink of water;
I’m very thirsty.
Half a cup isn’t enough; a hundred would drown me.
I like water.


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    Shuntaro Tanikawa was my mother’s favorite poet.
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