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Aokigahara (Sea of Trees), Honshu Island, Japan

Steady on the Leeward Shore

Photo by Chris McNamee

I dreamt of Japan again last night.

It was different this time.

This time, it was cold and dark.


You were terrified and I was becoming frustrated because

we couldn’t navigate the slippery rocks in the sea.


The water came in with force and darkness,

leaving a black tar over our feet.


You were scared and wanted to turn back,


I did too

but I knew this was something we had to push through;

and the more we did, the harder it was to turn back.

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