Today, for the first time,
you struck your mother on the cheek.
Yosano Akiko, “Auguste’s Single Strike”
Three things I was not taught as a child
to strike my mother on the cheek
to contradict my teacher in public
to throw rocks at cops.
Now I am an indifferent citizen, keep-at-home critic,
afraid to go up against someone smarter.
I shout at my mother when she doesn’t come to the point,
striking her with words.