An Essay on Tolerance

Author: • June 5, 2016 • Poems

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White light pinned my pupils

as I told the camera crowd:

“One day I wish to be

the blue sky that spreads

between Japan and America.”


My parents said for an eloquent lie

I was given 250 dollars and a microphone.

In their soft way, of course,

on the car-ride home

from the awards’ ceremony.

My words were too syrupy

and I wasn’t Martin Luther King, Jr.

But was it a lie?


Japanese people and American people

don’t hate each other,

Okāsan was matter of fact.


We hurried home to the fields

to cover the greens from frost

with cloud cloth. And that was that.

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About the Author

Aozora BrockmanAuthor: Aozora Brockman

Country of residence: United States of America

Nationality: American, Japanese

Mother tongue(s): English, Japanese

Aozora Brockman was raised by an American father and Japanese mother on an organic vegetable farm in Central Illinois.  Her parents encouraged her to speak only in Japanese when at home, and she attended a Japanese Saturday School for nine years.  Later, Aozora studied abroad in Tokyo and experienced the March 2011 earthquake.  Her creative work has been published in literary journals such as PANK, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Fifth Wednesday.


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