Playlist on a Tokyo Train

Crowded Tokyo trains

Ear drops of home in my ear

Ocean crossings travel through my thoughts

Familiar voices suspend me in air

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Melodies transport me for the moment

Adrift in the warmth of nostalgia’s embrace

And just for now, all life pauses

Family, friends, home and grace

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Train stops return the presence of now

Reality greets me with a bittersweet smile

I fall in step among the crowd, a departure

Home still lingers despite the miles

Wishing Tree

Scrawled words on long paper strips

Wishes tied to tree branches, clinging to hope’s breath

A rope hanging from above, an aged Buddhist monk takes hold, three pulls

Echo’s hand pressed against my back, a sign for me to turn

Bamboo lined pathways, escorts my long walk

Dusted footprints left behind