“Four seasons! We have four seasons.”
Summer, spring, fall, and winter.
“Should I tell them?” the American teacher
as she asks the class
to mimic the lines
again, again, and again.
“Japan is special!”
the Japanese teacher proclaims,
“Other countries don’t have four seasons!”
The American teacher shares a look
with the Chinese exchange student.
He shakes his head.
Maybe next year,
the American teacher decides.
Best not to let them think
that all textbooks have
oh, so many lies.