Academic journal article English Journal

Kasumi’s Trepidations

Academic journal article English Journal

Kasumi’s Trepidations

Article excerpt

When Little Kasumi's father told Kasumi

they were going to America for two years,

she burst a blood vessel in her eye and cried

so many, many tears she could fill a bathtub.

The fault was not his own, but Konica's, who

promised on a thousand origami cranes to pay

all expenses: house, education, clothes, meals,

entertainment. Nothing withheld. No impediments.

Little Kasumi cried: I don't like pork and beans.

What will I eat? Where will I find ramen, sashimi,

sukiyaki, yakisoba, tonkatsu, and okonomiyaki?

I won't eat peanut butter and I won't drink root beer.

From then on, there was no sleep, only tangled nerves.

Jilted beyond sensibility, no one could reason

with her, neither father, nor mother, nor sister, she

resigned herself to this fact: I will die in America.

Thanks to Konica, Kasumi's friends will make new friends.

Some will move away, with addresses lost in the interim.

Kasumi may even grow fat from ice cream and tater tots,

and return to Itabashi with a ludicrous accent, like Mika's. …

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