CINNAMON GIRL BY RESIDENT POET TIM WELLS
My Japanese friend
has learnt some bad English from me.
She says that this
is what she came here to learn.
when meaning “thanks” or “goodbye”
I say “cheers.”
She uses this same expression as a toast.
Only she always mispronounces it as “tears.”
I’ve never corrected her
as besides from being endearing
there is more truth there
than she knows.