A Song of Us
after Kotaro Takamura
(A penny arcade show, a child’s flip book, a puppet play)
In the northern Michinoku
Is the town of Nihonmatsu,
In this village is a building
Made of brick as red as wine.
One day from this fermented dream
A girl, a spirit of wine, takes flight,
Finds her way to these unworthy
Waiting arms at Kichijoji.
Fire, fire, fire! Kichijoji’s burning!
Fire, fire, fire! How this heart is burning!
And all the Abukama river’s
Flow can never douse these flames.
Water and fire, you and I,
Our wine, our love, our nursery rhyme.