saturday morning kawaii

kawaiisaturday morning
perfect.
a seat on the train
to tokyo.
sun streaming live.

little bear,
well-loved,
peeks out
of school girl’s pocket.

the uniform:
dark grey pleated skirt,
light grey socks to the knees,
olive green blazer
with rounded pockets.
green cardigan
with mustard border,
a safety pin
in place of top button.

that silver safety pin.
it gets me.

girl reaches
for her phone.
light brown bear
emerges
tethered to
school girl’s phone
by green and purple ribbon.
dressed in ladybug hat
and outfit,
bear’s black eyes
are smiling.

kawaii
means
cute
in japan.

kawaii-cute bear
says:
remember,
we are
not
all the same.
not uniform
inside.

in a city
of grey concrete,
black salary man-suits,
and khaki school blazers,
kawaii
is an essential item
in uniformity-survival kits.

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