The Japanese Consulate (1979)
I’m hurting a lot today.
that veer off anyway.
So, let’s say I need
Maybe if I knew what’s getting me down
and so I have come to the Japanese Consulate.
I ask Information Papa-san
He says, it was a religious act, perhaps
I tell Papa-san I agree
Pilot X, chickened over a battleship
what are the chances he made it to Ohio, say
I don’t see it that way, O my Kamikaze heart.
Frank Polite (b. 1936) lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he directs the Fallen City Writer’s Workshop. In addition to Letters of Transit (Berkeley: City Miner Books, 1979, in which ‘The Japanese Consulate’ appears), Flamingo (Youngstown, Ohio: Pangborn Books, 1990), and Hyde: A Novella Noire (Pangborn Books, 2000), his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, the Nation, and many other j0urnals. While in the U.S. Navy he travelled to Japan several times aboard the USS Zelima.
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