The Wonderful World of Japanese Writers of English
|Here's an essay, story, and poem written originally in English.|
|Here, some of the words from "Cafeteria" have been selected to facilitate your comprehension of the poem. Read the sentences carefully, and choose the correct answer. Click to find out if you are right or wrong.|
1. In days past, the barbarians had a custom of men dragging
women away from the campfire to make them their wives.
2. Mr. Boo's childhood idol was Dennis the Menace, which has
affected his mental state because he often makes a nuisance
of himself in public.
3. A yawn is an expression of our being tired.
4. In the kitchen at the college cafeteria, the cooks prepare
meals for a large number of people in cauldrons.
10. The mesh doors in American homes let the air in,
but not the mosquitoes and flies.
by Kono Keiko
|They swarm at the cafeteria
Dragging nuisances and yawns of the day
Tons of stew boiled in a cauldron
Now served and spilled in an amicable
Passing salt and habitual smiles
They are immune to mild fatigue
And so they are addicted to tender
Mocha pink lip color soaks into meshes of
Saliva wells up in a warm meat-colored
Its taste buds swelling in hidden red
Continuously to wring pleasure,
Desperately to chew compassion,
Out of bitter reality
||Multiple Choice Exercise|
|Choose the right answer from
a, b, and c.
Click to find if you are right or wrong.
1. The choice of "swarm" rather than "walk
4. The words "wring pleasure" rather than just "eat"
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