‘Strange Encounters’ by Amizura Hanadi’s poem paints a captivating snapshot of life in a bustling city in Japan.
It is never a dull moment,
when visiting a foreign land.
A security personnel, as old as someone’s grandfather,
shouting at travellers at the immigration checkpoint.
to the land of the rising sun.
An unruly middle-aged man,
acting suspicious near a sidewalk bush,
and people were walking on the pavement,
minding their own business.
Nobody stopped in their tracks,
pretending not to see the whole incident.
An adolescent girl singing an English pop song,
her nervous but determined voice,
resonating her J-pop idol dream,
serenading the passers-by in the midsummer night.
A teenager crying by the roadside,
no bench in sight so she was crouching,
solemnly wiping her tears and frustrations,
with an aloof boyfriend by her side.