CINNAMON GIRL BY RESIDENT POET TIM WELLS

Cinnamon Girl 

My Japanese friend

has learnt some bad English from me.

She says that this

is what she came here to learn.

Often,

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.

Tim Wells