The first time we meet you bow at my feet.
Five years on, I home-stay.
You buy me the biggest nightie in Japan.
I needn’t wear my own.
You replace my chopsticks with a knife and fork.
Serve, not rice, but thickly sliced foreigner-
friendly bread, spongey and insipid.
You tell me I look like Cupid.
You nod as I talk your language,
I mustn’t improve: I’ll no longer sound cute.
O Mother Tachibana. O Mrs. Standing Flower.
I think I have your number:
I’ll always be the other.
And yet, I am the mother of your grandson.
Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana trained with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and has enjoyed poetry all her life. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Fish Publishing Poetry Prize, and her work has been published in print and online in Silver Needle Press, Newcastle University’s Bridges anthology, Typishly, Eunoia Review and Snakeskin, and is forthcoming in Streetlight Magazine. Alexandra relished the opportunity to read at Crossings: Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018, and will read at the AWP Conference as a delegate of Silver Needle Press in March 2019.