Young Mika left his village, carrying his meager belongings in a bag slung over his shoulder. From one full moon to the next, he journeyed toward the Hida Mountains. His paternal grandmother had told him that Yakusi, the Zen sage, lived over there. He finally approached the mountains’ purplish crest and, a week later, started […]
For that friend way back then,
who took one path while I took another.
At Les deux Marie, sitting in front of my coffee, I watch a regular well engrossed in his daily crossword ritual. A slowly ingested poison robbing life of its meaning. Entering letters or numbers in little squares to […]