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.