NaPoWriMo Day 8: Chazuke
Win or Lose
Hot rice or cold rice,
hojicha, genmai cha, Lipton black tea, even hot tap water
large ume, wrinkled, puckered unseeing eyeballs,
ochazuke nori packets with trading card pictures
of famous Mt. Fuji scenes,
pickled mustard eggplant,
shiso seeds floating like bright green flower buds
day old sashimi soaked in ginger and shoyu,
slivers of rare steak.
My father-in-law wasn't really back from his
almost monthly Vegas trips
until he sat down with his large chawan
win or lose
a Vegas tradition.