My Inspirations

Most of my inspirations when it comes to writing comes from the music and groups I listen to. Admittedly, I have a keen interest in Japanese and Korean culture and so I listen mostly to Japanese pop and rock music with the odd Korean group thrown in. Most of my poems have sprinkles of their influence here and there.

I have been listening to Japanese music regularly since the start of middle school so I’m more biased towards my Japanese groups than any Korean group I have encountered. The reason being is that I have only been listening to Korean music for a couple of years now and I only listen to two on a regular basis, so no, I’m not a rabid K-pop fan. Sorry if that disappoints. Though rather I like to admit it or not, both groups have had a great amount of influence on me.

Still, I wish people tried out their music especially Japanese music since I feel K-pop has been on the rise greatly but their neighbors seem to be struggling to claim a similar stardom.

Anyways, the little list of influences is as followed in no particular order…

Japanese Groups

  • Uverworld
  • Aqua Timez
  • Asian Kung-fu Generation

Korean Groups

  • BTS
  • J-rabbit

I’d like to thank all the groups for working hard in getting themselves out there enough to influence so many people like me. A loser like me feels unworthy to even like them and be inspired to express myself this way.

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Wait For Me

Hello, my friend how are you?

Please explain these unrestrained feelings

That are lingering and long overdue

My friend, this isn’t right

But today I must confess

That I love you even though I’m a mess

 

Please wait for me, I know—

I’m not a model or a 5-star actress

My messy hair and pimpled face say no

This leaves me in distress

I want to be your princess

But I’m too ugly for you now

So please wait for me

 

My friend, how do you do?

No matter how hard I try

These nonstop feelings want to continue

My friend, I want to quit

But today I must confess

That I love you even though I’m a mess

 

 

 

Please wait for me, I know—

You are a handsome superstar

Your photogenic hair and smile say no

My love is against the law

You’re a prince that’s for all

So I’m too ugly to compete for now

But please wait for me…wait for me

 

I won’t deny these emotions

But why now? Why not next year?

Right now I’m the fat and ugly edition

Who is among dolls that I’m sure you hold dear

Ah, I knew this was only fiction

I ready my surrender with a tear

 

Hello stranger, how have you been?
It’s no use, my heart thumps for you again

But I conceal these feelings that I’m sick of

I want to tune out love to the end

But my heart won’t mend

Still, I can’t say, “I love you”

So goodbye stranger, I wish you luck in love

 

Sunday Brunch

The kitchen heats up with your skillful movements

Like a dancer waltzing across the stage

You handle the cutlery like a samurai

But handle the food with a mother’s care

 

It’s a Sunday brunch made with careful planning

For your love who is demanding

Although she didn’t feel the same

Although it was a danger to try again and again

Your strawberry pie finally melts her heart

 

She loves food, but not you

Crepes, muffins, parfaits, cakes

Makes her mouth water with hunger

You hate food but not her

Waffles, cupcakes, yogurt, pies

Make your stomach turn over

Still you love her

So you pick up your knife

To begin on creating your masterpiece

 

It’s a Sunday brunch made with careful planning

For your love who is demanding

Although she didn’t feel the same

Although it was a danger to try again and again

Your strawberry pie finally melts her heart

 

Spilled milk was cried over

She leaves your brunch

You realize your mistake

Changing for someone doesn’t mean a happy ending

You put down you knife

 

Returning to the kitchen was a burden

But enticed by a mother’s cooking kept you sane

As you fall in love once again

 

It’s a Sunday brunch made with careful planning

For your love who is demanding

Although she didn’t feel the same

Although it was a danger to try again and again

Your strawberry pie finally melted her heart

(And only that)

 

The Push and Pull Method

A day like any other day begins

Looking into the mirror, I combat myself with a funny face

As my body is attacked with needles and pins

I pick up my bag, step out the door, and start my race

Today’s the day I confess

 

Sweet like sugar, but cold as snow

Boy, you’ve got me confused

Your eyes as dark as night but your smile is as bright as day

You’ve created the perfect push and pull method

It leaves me frustrated

But why does my heart feel so invigorated?

 

A lost boy wishing to show love

But not knowing how to convey it

Unwillingly pushes others away

Only to selfishly pull them close again

“I don’t want to be hurt again,” he whispers

So his love withers away like dead leaves

 

Today was the day I was going to confess

But walking with you down the halls

I only see the you who’s full of pain

I finally understand why you couldn’t love

You were scared of the pain of loving another

I mustered up the courage to hold your freezing hand

To heal you heart one step at a time

 

A lost girl wishing to heal love

But not knowing how to alleviate pain

I clumsily push others away

Only to selfishly pull them close again

“I don’t want to be hurt again,” I whisper

So my love begins to grow like a sapling

 

The day I confessed was the day your heart started to heal

We are both lost in a world corrupted by love

But as we hold hands with each step

I feel us getting closer and closer

To finding the truth of love and pain

 

A lost boy and girl search for answers

But not knowing how to find them—

We push and pull until we find each other

“I don’t want to be hurt again,” we whisper to each other

So our love intertwines to create our own solution

Atmosphere of Dreams

Returning to the indigo skies of that day

We hop onto the Ferris Wheel to take us up and above fate

The atmosphere is so festive

Filling the air with hopes and dreams of another day

Sitting in this brand-new carriage,

We peer into each other, already aware that our future starts tonight

 

Drums go chan-chan-chan!

As food sizzles on the grill

The beat of the music goes ban-ban-ban!

As dancers twirl to the rhythm

It’s a matsuri that we all came together and drew

Where couples go chu

And the night turns to morning dew

 

A girl in love and a boy in love

Watched from above inside the Ferris Wheel

They peer into their future

Trapped by the atmosphere of dreams

But they have a hope

A hope that they cling to as fireworks burst in the sky

 

 

Dawn comes to tear them away

But they are stuck in the atmosphere of dreams

They can’t run away, not today, not ever

As they cling to each other like chocolate and cream

 

Drums go chan-chan-chan!

As food sizzles on the grill

The beat of the music goes ban-ban-ban!

As dancers twirl to the rhythm

It’s a matsuri that we all came together and drew

Where couples go chu

And the night turns to morning dew

 

A girl in love and a boy in love

Watched from above inside the Ferris Wheel

They peer into their future

Trapped by the atmosphere of dreams

But they have a hope

A hope that they cling to as fireworks burst in the sky

 

Returning to the indigo skies of that day

We hop onto the Ferris Wheel to take us up and above fate

The atmosphere was so festive filled with hopes and dreams of another day

Sitting in this worn-out carriage we peer into each other

We are already aware that our future started that night

Whatever Happened to You?

The never-ending melody played on

On and on and on never ceasing to whisper its secrets

Drawn to the tune, your voice resounds over it all

Pain, despair, melancholy merge as soft notes

But never forget the song you sang that day

 

Like a house of cards your voice trembles to remain strong

Bashed and trashed by the words of others

You collapse under the weight—

The burden of believing in haters

Cut off in isolation, your lonely voice refuses to sing

 

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to your laughs?

Your smile?

Your backwards silliness that was never quite understood?

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to you?

You will be missed

 

 

 

Don’t forget the people waiting for you

Take the stage as you once did

Don’t you dare back down

Letting harsh words tear into you

Unify your discordant melody

Remember your reason for singing

 

Like a house of bricks,

Your voice returns stronger than ever

Guided by these seeking what you sought—a voice

 

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to your laughs?

Your smile?

Your backwards silliness that was never quite understood?

Whatever happened to you?

Whatever happened to you?

You have been found

Listen

Traveling farther and farther away

Has always been my wish

It went like this day by day

With you denying me of that right

You selfishly dissuaded me not to take flight

Vocalizing your own wants and desires

Without burdening the other with miseries

We decided it’d be best to hunt our dreams

 

We listened, but waited

We thought it fair to live in our dreams

Selfishly hurting others as long as we achieved them

We listened, but waited

We listened, but waited

We waited for that someone, that voice to wake us up

 

Lately, I realized my mistake

Traveling so far away to a land far far away

Was just an excuse to run away

I was scared and broken—crushed by a weight that was yours and mine

Forgive me, forgive me, but listen—

 

 

We listen, but waited

We thought it fair to live in our dreams

Selfishly hurting others to achieve them

We listened, but waited

We listened, but waited

We waited for that someone, that voice to wake us up

 

My dream was a lonely one—same as yours

In capitulation, we come together

Finally listening to each others voices

Constantly, we dream together through our voices