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


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


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