dark

  Sparkles on foliage after the morning rain And the aroma of wet grass flowing. I look into the dogs’ bright eyes, their heads tilting.   The darkness at night, Grief and suffering of people, And shadows in my head wailing. I scratch the dogs’ bellies nearby, their paws on me.   A glimpse of hope and dreams, Maybe, belongs to the future. Lessons learned … Continue reading dark

stuck

  She hears a muffled hum. A fly? A bee? Trapped somewhere in the room? She looks around, trying to locate the source of the murmur in her bleary vision. The sound intensifies, reverberating throughout the room. She grabs the arms of the chair, bracing to get up. After several failed attempts to stand on her feet, she plunks herself back down. The incessant noise … Continue reading stuck

keeping social distance

  Squawking and banging came from outside. I walked to the back porch to investigate. A pair of chickens was scoping out in the carport. I grabbed a broom and chased them with it, and they scampered away, flapping frantically. It isn’t my first choice to live in the jungle, but I do. And, animals, which humans have brought from somewhere and let go wild … Continue reading keeping social distance

hero

  “Are you doing okay?” The hand is caked with dirt and blood and smudged with sweat. You have been fighting alone and still take the time to offer your hand. No such hero is coming to rescue me in the jungle.   歯を食いしばって一人で戦っているのは君なのに。そんな君は、くたばっている僕に手を差し伸べる。   Continue reading hero

covered

  She opens the plastic cover halfway as the instruction on the box states and places the tray of lasagna in the microwave. While waiting, she watches a YouTube video of a stray dog being rescued. From the covered with a mat of hair and filth to the tail-wagging, adorable. Beep. Beep. She takes the tray out and peels off the cover, avoiding the hot … Continue reading covered