exit this way

  I am looking for a door. I don’t know whether I lost sight somewhere along the way or it never existed. I am looking for a door. It doesn’t matter where it might lead me, so long as it opens to a new place. I am looking for a door. I don’t wanna be…

stereotype

  My husband and I used to say that we were cheating. I was married to an old guy without money, and his Japanese wife (me!) was anything but obedient and submissive. We broke the mold. Is being different same as being disobedient? If you do not follow the crowd, are you a rebel? I…

a prayer

  I wake up on my side of the bed, as I did that day, and look for you, your warmth, your breath, your eyes’ whisper. The bed now is too vast for loneliness to touch the empty side. Five years, that’s how long it has been. I don’t know if I have changed at…

learning

My initial reactions used to be to panic and to try to figure out what I did wrong. Now, I walk away and stay away. Innocence and ignorance keep your ability to listen and react viscerally, I think.   For The Daily Post’s daily prompt, Visceral.   ちびまる子みたい、おもしろい、とか言われるのに…    

love is …

  “I love you.” “Me, too.” “You do? You love yourself!?”   You never have to explain.     あの時のままじゃなくて、変わるから、生きていける。  

shadows

  It popped in my dream and woke me up. It must’ve been on my mind, though I’d tried not to think about it. History repeats itself, they say, and that’s true. No matter how often we condemn, we regress. No matter how loud we preach, we retreat. I’m as scared of unknowns as others….

a distraction

I come to a standstill, catch my breath, break off from my reality, look around, and notice the world, the real world, unfurling.   For The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, Ooh, Shiny!, and daily prompt, Unfurl.   正しいこと、物、人なんて、ない、のかも。  

soliloquizing

  “Where are you? With whom?” my heart wonders, while wishing you were here with me. 独り言…  

a special delivery

  We have a problem. A pig problem. They are wild and visit our yard day and night. They forage and feed themselves and offspring. Maybe, they think they live here, and we’re the intruders. They are provocative. They come close enough to excite the dogs but stay far enough to frustrate them. They remind…

confidante

  We laugh and giggle at the silliest things, exchanging the knowing glances. Once we settle down a little, we poke at the crumbs on the plate with dessert forks. We have been sipping stagnant and lukewarm tea in a set of fine china. “I always have fun when I’m with you. You’re hilarious.” “Aww…

in earnest

  I take some and give some. Sometimes, I take a bit more than I give. Occasionally, I offer more than I get or give without anything in return. Once in a while, I give reluctantly. Now and then, I might need excuses to accept. Every so often, I feel that I am entitled. A…