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Assimilation

I can't get past this strange sensation.
All around me needs translation.
It's hard not to feel frustration.
I must accept the situation.
I guess I need an education
To learn the ways of being Asian
And all the subtle variation
As I embrace assimilation.

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Music of the Bamboo

If you cannot see the forest for the trees,
Then you probably won't notice the sound of the breeze
When blowing through all those towering leaves
And plays sweet bamboo melodies.

Each note that plays that sounds like a clunk
Is from the banging of the hollow tree trunk,
And might at first sound like a musician who's drunk.
But it's surreal and beautiful...who would've thunk?

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The Fall of Sakura

One of the greatest gifts of all
Was watching the sakura start to fall.
A life-long dream had finally come true,
And I am honoured to have shared it with you.

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End of Time

I know that you are with me
I know you really care
I notice all the little things
That show me you are there

I know you walk beside me
You hold your hand in mine
We stroll through the sakura
In wind or rain or shine

I know you love me deeply
I see it every day
You don't need to say it
I know it's not your way

On every path I travel
And every hill I climb
I know I'll love you always
Until the end of time

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Paint Me My Portrait

Oh please, won't you paint me my portrait
Under the old cherry tree?
Make me look like a princess
From some childhood fantasy!
Many sakura have fallen,
As many of my years have passed.
Springtime fades far too quickly.
Who knows how long this one will last?
Please don't think me delusional,
Or find me wanting of taste.
I know I'm not getting younger,
And time is too precious to waste.
So humour me with your palette,
Be kind with your lustre and sheen.
And paint me my portrait, I beg you,
And see me once more as your queen.

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Grey Skies

Grey skies follow me around,
As if to goad me into a frown.
But life's too short to stay behind
These darkened walls inside my mind.
I can choose how I should feel
About the shade of my ordeal.
Sometimes it's good to stop and cry,
To explore the ins and outs of why.
But when I'm tired of feeling blue,
I know there's one thing I can do:
To let the rain fall on my face
And wash away my sorrow's trace.
Because even if it's cloudy out,
I've found what life is all about:
To listen without judgement laid,
To learn from the mistakes I've made,
To love and not expect in kind,
To give with no reward to find.
Then I know I'll be okay
And happy on this gloomy day.

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New Growth

With richer soil,
I can grow.
What's my limit?
I don't know.
My roots dig in,
I feel new ground.
With branches high,
I look around.
I'm reminded by
The mountain top,
Encouraged to
Never stop.

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The Battle of Shibuya

Their faces spoke determination
As they awaited transformation.
Signal lights from red to green
And all the traffic in between.

And with the neon signal made,
So began the great parade.
A mass of souls, a human tide.
A common goal: the other side.

With trepidation, I did put
Off the curb, one shy foot
Into the stream of humanity
That seemed more like insanity.

The currents swept me like a stick,
And though it went by all too quick,
While everyone was go, go, go,
For me it happened rather slow.

Presently, the task was done,
The battle of the street was won.
Having got across, I then
Went and did it all again!

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Looking Up

It's hard sometimes to see the joy
When the world has fallen apart,
Whether by the madness of politicians
Or the sorrow of a broken heart.
But even though the sadness seems
An overwhelming state of being,
And happiness comes and goes
Without leaving anything,
Know that however bad it seems,
It is but a passing emotion.
It is just another single wave
On the tide of a boundless ocean.
So just because you're feeling blue,
As you stare into your empty cup,
Life appears so much brighter
If you just try looking up.

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Pause

Come!  Relax!  Won't you please have a seat?
Sit in the shade, wash the dust off your feet!
You spend so much time just looking around,
Maybe what you seek just can't be found.
Just let the cool breeze flow through your soul.
Love for the moment, let that be your goal.
You can't force a cloud to blow your own way,
And you can't stop the sun from rising, anyway.
I think what you need is a new point of view
And know that there's no end of those to go through.
Change what you can and accept what you can't...
Well, that seems to be the end of my rant!

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