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Kenta Maniwa

25 May Kenta Maniwa

What’s The Difference Between A River And A Creek And A Brook And A Stream?

 

My mom apparently knows a way to get toothpaste back in the tube. She says she learned it from a Japanese variety show.

I’ve seen the Japanese variety show before. It looks like the Japanese version of Sabado Gigante.

I once heard a pimp from Richmond use the phrase ‘one or two are close to nothing’ in reference to losing one or two of his female employees.

‘Her name is the name of a shoe… That black guys love. And people stand in line for hours, days, to get them.’

I got on the bus and my face went from a frown, to a smile, to, for a brief moment, a neutral expression, then back to a frown.

‘Cynicism is a quality i no longer admire,’ I heard someone on the bus say.

My facial expression and my actual feelings are rarely on the same page.

Once at a company party my boss asked if I was having fun. I said yes, and my boss said, ‘someone should tell your face.’ It came off meaner than she intended, I think.

In my head I said ‘I would rather watch a rerun of a golf tournament than be here.’

There’s a guy at my work from Alabama who refers to spray paint as rattle cans.

My life is dormant and exhausting.

A want to wallow in something, physically or emotionally.

A river is a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea or a lake. A creek is a minor tributary of a river. A brook is a small stream. A stream is a narrow river.

 


 

Kenta Maniwa is from Oakland, California. His work has appeared in Hobart, Spy Kids Review, Crab Creek Review, Dogzplot, Mad Swirl, and some other places. His chapbook, Someone Else’s Toothbrush, is forthcoming from Long Day Press.

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