The name,
written in the foreign form,
causes a panic, a committee, a rush
of blood

A soft, subtle hint,
a doubt,
a reconsidering of everything

Knots form in the belly, the gut,
the ‘hara-kiri’ cuts
through one tongue to another
They know, assume, the blight of skin and
foreign-flipping tongue cannot wriggle free
phonemes and morphemes
unseen in childhood

it opens.
The pale face gapes
air flows – shoots
-understandable? かな-
– 分。。。 分か。。。 分かっているか -

The eyes relax; the lips relax
The heart relaxes; and the brain
– A good one. Amazing. So skillful -
they coo

The sound of “hello” must surely be a ruse.