Nanao Sakaki


In the morning

After taking cold shower

—–what a mistake—–

I look at the mirror.
There, a funny guy,

Grey hair, white beard, wrinkled skin,

—–what a pity—–

Poor, dirty, old man!

He is not me, absolutely not.
Land and life

Fishing  in the ocean

Sleeping in the desert with stars

Building a shelter in the mountains

Farming the ancient way

Singing with coyotes

Singing against nuclear war–

I’ll never be tired of life.

Now I’m seventeen years old,

Very charming young man.
I sit down quietly in lotus position,

Meditating, meditating for nothing.

Suddenly a voice comes to me:

“To stay young,

To save the world,

Break the mirror.”

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