“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am—a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Aaron "tokyoaaron" Paulson teaches, writes, and takes pictures from his home in Western Tokyo. His work has appeared in a variety of national and international publications, online and in print, including such venues as WorldHum, Salon, Transitions Abroad, Travelmag, Kyoto Journal, Tokyo Journal, and The Blue Moon Review.
This rain-fed river
drowns stones and fallen branches,
rushing out to sea.
On a silver bicycle
you turned and gave me a wave.
asleep in my lap
as I write this,
he stretches out a paw, dreaming
the ocean of fish between us.
On The Streets of Montreal...
Shoganai, shoganai, shoganai.
(translated from the original French and Japanese)
everyone is lost.
It can't be helped, it can't be helped, it can't be helped.