Spitting Words

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Chew and chew the words

to make them sweet

Spit them out to scatter them

The words I chew,

inside my stomach

mix with acid

and become sour

the words I scatter

out of my mouth

mix with acid

and become bitter

I became a snake

I crushed the words,

I swallowed them,

and spit them out

The nouns apple and bone,

I spit from my mouth

The verbs eat and sleep

I left in my body

The words joy and fun,

I gave to my heart

Paint is a word for artists

God chose an artist, gave him

hands and eyes

Michelangelo, used by God

The Creation of Adam,

God’s beginning

Sound is a word for musicians

God chose a musician, gave him

hands and ears

Mozart, used by God

Requiem,

an accompaniment to the

kingdom of God

Word is a word for poets

God chose a poet, gave him

hands and a heart

Homer, used by God

The Odyssey,

drifting away from God

Story is a word for writers

God chose a writer, gave him

 hands and a spirit

Tolstoy, used by God

War and Peace,

a challenge to God

I became a snake,

cursed by God and exiled

I crushed the words,

I swallowed them,

and spit them out

The nouns Heaven and Hell,

I spit from my mouth

The verbs live and die,

I left in my body

The words sad and anguished,

I gave to my heart

On Munemi Eigel's Inspiration

Munemi Eigel was born in Kyoto, Japan in a traditional family that produced kimonos. She is a retired math teacher and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She has written more than 500 poems and is planning on publishing an illustrated collection of her poetry soon. The following poem, Spitting Words, is a part of a larger collection entitled Seven Poems. The seven poems that make up this collection have been translated from Japanese and will be published in The UJ.

“I was a teacher of mathematics for many years, but poetry has always been my passion. I want to write poems that resonate with my soul and that move the reader in a similar way. I find inspiration for my poetry in the traditional culture I grew up in, but also in pop culture and all elements of culture in between. In particular, I am inspired by works of art, film, music, and literature, both classic and modern.”

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Munemi Eigel was born in Kyoto, Japan in a traditional family that produced kimonos. She is a retired math teacher and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She has written more than 500 poems and is planning on publishing an illustrated collection of her poetry soon.

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