The Christmas Gift

I was asked to write a poem for the Christmas Concert at the high school where I’m teaching. It’s kind of a poem I would not have written if I wasn’t asked. So thanks for asking! The poem itself may be a clumsy wrap, but I hope you get the gift I intended to give. Merry Christmas!


The Christmas Gift

A Christmas gift was all wrapped up
Dressed in a paper, a colorful skin
Unseen was the gift inside it, so
The visible wrap spoke, “Come and see.”

Hungry hands ripped the innocent wrap
Thrown on the floor, its role was done
Inviting the hands, only to be torn
So that the gift may be received

So did Christ come down to earth
Dressed in a lowly, human skin
Unseen was the gift inside Him, so
The visible Man spoke, “Come and see.”

Hungry hands ripped the innocent Man
Thrown in the darkness, His role was done
Inviting the hands, only to be torn
So that salvation may be received

Be a Christmas gift yourself
Dressed in a visible, human skin
Unseen is Christ inside you, so
You must speak up, “Come and see.”

Let us share the Christmas gift
Inviting the hands by godly deeds
Share the gift that you have found
So that He wasn’t torn in vain


The Very First Leaf


“Sanctuary in the Woods” I painted in college.

“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh and
made his dwelling among us.”  John 1:1,14

I am in love with words.
First of all, the best is Word made flesh, which is Jesus,
and words in Scripture, of course.
I also love everyday words we use,
learning and teaching different languages,
studying linguistics,
and afterglow of words which is not actually words…

I am so thankful I’m born a human
who has to deal with the languages
(although I’m not 100% perfect in either English or Japanese).
(So this blog is my attempt to improve both languages.)

Therefore, I want to share leaves here one by one,
as a Christian, an English teacher, a poetry lover, and as a friend
with whom I met in my life at schools, churches, work place
and other places, including this blog here.

I hope that you can enjoy the leaves,
winds rustling through them,
and sunshine pouring through them.
(That’s kind of like trinity, isn’t it?)

Anyways, here’s a fresh poem just for this blog!

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