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Pilgrimage Poetry

Pilgrimage Poetry

The Setagaya gardens are a little further out of town. Rather close to where my friend, the wise archer Rami lives with his cat. The journey takes time, yet every spring, a friend and I prepare for it at length and in detail. Sometimes the preparations begin in the still of winter, for every visit […]

Pink Perspective in a Japanese Garden

Pink Perspective in a Japanese Garden

Welcome stranger on this Sunday afternoon. Open the gate and step into magic. Only one cherry tree graces our village park. Magnificent in stature and beauty, it has stood for longer than our oldest inhabitants, perhaps longer than the grandparents of those oldest inhabitants. It showers pink blessings on our everyday lives and gives solace […]

The Secret of the Cherry Blossoms

The Secret of the Cherry Blossoms

The pathway was lined with petals, a canopy of branches splayed out like the parasol of a lord’s daughter. Two star-crossed lovers strolled through, their eyes wide as they absorbed the beauty, escaping from the complex world they were engulfed in.  The trees were old as time, carrying the wisdom and memories that one gains […]

Cherries on the Cake

Cherries on the Cake

Mrs. Ephemera entered the dining room; flashes of light sparkled from mobile phones aiming at capturing her amazed face in a photo. All her family was there, clapping at her. She reached for the table gaining the place of honor behind the cake. Eighty little candles shone like golden fingers. Eighty spheres glittered reddish under […]

Bloodline

Bloodline

-Mr Sharpless?-What can I do for you, young man? Come inside! -Sir, did you work at the US consulate in Nagasaki about 25 years ago?-I did. -Then we have met.-Really? Why, you can’t have been very old… But wait a minute! Are you…? -Yes. My father is Benjamin Pinkerton. I think you knew my biological […]

Do You Remember

Do You Remember

The girl with the pink hair came to life right in front of our eyes. Please tell me you remember her. Our favorite show was playing quietly in the background. I looked at her round face, lit by the blue screen. It’s like she could tell that the girl with the pink hair was trying […]

Another April

Another April

“Darling, I’m coming home at last.” A sheet of lavender paper unexpectedly appears on the dining room table one morning. Her handwriting. Her little swirl of a signature. Her scent. Claire. Claire?? The miracle I’ve prayed for all these months. I lift the paper and hold it to my cheek, wet with tears. I trace […]

Spring Gods

Spring Gods

Yusi landed softly, his feet barely making an imprint on the thick carpet of pink petals. No one else had arrived yet. The only sound was the whisper of the wind through the tree branches.  He stood still, eyes shut, breathing in the sweet scent of the cherry blossom trees around him and enjoying the […]

Knit One Purl One

Knit One Purl One

‘Hey Mum,’ she whispered gently while placing a hand on her Mother’s shoulder. Her Mother woke up with a start, her knitting tumbling from her lap to the floor below. She gazed at her daughter, momentarily confused, and then smiled in recognition. “Hey Love, how are you? Did you bring Kate?’ ‘No Mum, Kate’s at […]

Springing the Witch

Springing the Witch

For the first time ever, Miss-Teeq regretted she wasn’t a ‘feline’ familiar. Trying to conduct a rescue mission on four stubby little polecat legs was proving to be more difficult than she’d anticipated. Getting chased by a bulldog when she was running with a Christmas tree fairy was bad enough; not chomping down and biting […]

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