Kagome's
At school,
Your guts
Are snarling-
Her mother
Heard them
Complain
As she
Rattled
'Round her
Kitchen-
So she
Sat you
Down
At that
Weird
Gaijin
Table-thing,
On one
Of those
Weird
Gaijin
Things
They call
A chair
Like a child-
"Have lunch
With us."

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Gramps,
Old geezer,
Sits down,
Opens that
Gaijin thing
He calls a
Newspaper,
And starts
Reading aloud
At arm's length.
Though
Curious
About
What's
Written,
You
Ignore
Him back-
Kicked out
Of your
Mother's home
A child,
You barely
Recognize
Your own
Name…

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Sota bangs in,
Book bag
And shoes
By the door-
Kagome's
Mother sets
Dish after dish
On the table-
Used to eating
Alone,
You reach for
A bowl…

…everyone's
Saying,
"Itadakimasu!'

…face hot,
You return
The dish,
Mumbling,
"Itadakimasu,
I accept this
With thanks!"
As your
Mother
Once
Taught you…

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Smiling,
Kagome's
Mother
Passes you
Rice-
Talk is quiet,
News of
The day,
Sota's
Test scores,
Gramps
Sold three
Charms-
Fat Buyo,
The cat,
Begs-
You reach
For more…
…they stare…
…you're using
Chopsticks
You just put
In your mouth
To scoop more
Food onto
Your plate,
Face hot,
You sit …
…Kagome's
Mother hands
You clean ones
For serving…

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Teetering
Akwardly
In that
Stupid
Gaijin

Chair-thing,
Remembering
To dip,
Not dunk-
Missing the
Soy sauce with
A bite of fish,
Instead
It's Wasabi...
...

...heedlessly
Stuffing
It into your
Mouth-
"Aaaagh-
I've been
Poisoned!!"
The chair
Overturns,
Sending you
To the floor,
Noodles
Everywhere…

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Snarling,
Mouth afire,
Eyes watering,
Nose running-
You almost
Send the chair
Through
The wall…
…stopping
Mid-kick…
They're all
Staring...
You stomp
Off,
Trailing
Noodles,
Face hot,
Still hungry…

…why should
You put up
With
This crap?

Kagome's
Mother
Catches
Your sleeve,
Hands you
A dishcloth.
Pointing
At your
Mess…
…gramps rights
Your chair,
Sota wipes
It off,
Kagome's
Mother
Sets fresh
Dishes in
Front of it,
Firmly
Saying,
"Sit down"...
Buyo begs…
Sota
Passes you
A serving
Dish…
Gramps
Returns
To his
Newspaper…
Kagome's
Mother
Reaches
Across the
Table
And touches
Your cheek,
Smiling
Gently…

...some crap's
Worth
Putting up
With.