Exclusivity in a field of snow

removes nothing of self
(under false pretenses)
of seeing a field of snow
where every snow-flake

is one and the same.

so wonder why,
why the snow is buried
deep below
under mounds of snow.

Lesson Plan

Café regulars, we are. Living on coffee and sandwiches. The slot machine by the door is giggling. Thinking of topics for classes is an impenetrable wall. I couldn’t sleep last night so I watched the opening scene to Tokyo Drifter, a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. I don’t remember what I watched, but there was a man walking down a train-yard. Closer and closer to the camera he came; then I tried to sleep again. Read through violence of Dante’s Inferno, and all he wanted was Beatrice. He’ll see her soon. 


What a varied host family. So far I’ve met and heard about two veterinarians, a club owner, four eccentric aunts and a fifteen-year-old Taekwondo champion – and that’s just skimming the surface of this family. I’m the foreigner with weird advice. Have I walked into a bizarre literary bildungsroman? I wonder who the central character is.

I’d show photos of Costa Rica and where I’m staying, but unfortunately, my camera was stolen. Funny, really – I put that camera through so much stress over the weekend. I nearly smashed it over a rock because I slipped and yet it persevered. Unfortunately, it could not withstand the sneaky hands of a thief. My fault. I should have been more careful.

Yes, I was in Montezuma for the 2nd and 3rd of March where the sun set me of fire. I could call it the longest weekend of my life and I loved every moment of it. To drink beer by the sea when the sky is dark is a heavenly experience. I enjoy travelling with friends, new and old (and in this case, very new). I got to practice my Spanish, at least.

And now – to begin teaching.


I wore a red scarf that day:
it just felt right
since the day froze
and my hands strangled
the warmth of breath.

I felt a little angry that day:
can’t you tell?
I’d say nobody loved me so,
but the scarf of a stranger
dropped on the road.

What was that day?

I’d tell for a cruise to the Caribbean,
or a smoke, if you’d be so kind. 
Perhaps a meal for two:
one for me,
and the other… for me.

I wore this scarf on that day,
where I watched it all happen
there, on that road:
the snow turned spotted bright,
like cherry blossoms in Japan.

I once wished to go to Japan –
because who does not?
Now, I just dream it:
and no dream has failed me yet
as I continue to fight the bloody

bloody bloody