four girls – naoko

within a world that they call
“womenomics”,
naoko walks through tokyo
towards her daily work

just starting out, in many ways,
amid a world that’s changing,
to have the chance
her mother never had –

she’s not a symbol,
not someone
she thinks should be
looked up to

she is the same
left-handed girl
who was afraid
of volleyballs

but worlds ago, that was:
naoko now strides through
shinjuku –

a girl
who lives a dream
built out of
countless women’s bold desires

stretched across
the canvas that
is life today

her life today

real life

today

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