Fading Photographs

I have an ornate cardboard box, quite large, with lid and metal handle, stuffed to overflowing with tangible memories, crackling paper photographs. I treasure most the black and white that echo with my mother’s laugh, when her eyes were wide and bright, her skin was smooth and her hair was soft, when she could lift […]

Immersion in an Onsen

cyprus tub beckons with a curled finger of steam fragrance of forest steam flowers in clouds slipping into onsen depths shiny skin puckers Kim M. Russell, 2017 Morning at the Nozawa Onsen, Shinsui Province by Kasamatsu Shiro (1933) – image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1164 Onsen the hot springs of Japan […]


a graceful geisha bends in the wind of culture wonderful willow Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1163 geisha, the beauty of Japan  In the penultimate episode of our journey through Japan, Chèvrefeuille has told us about the geisha, geiko or geigi: traditional Japanese female entertainers who act […]

The Edge of Dawn

I’m waking on the edge of dawn, shadow-lit and milky-grey, diffused by pigeon’s wings in sun as they ascend into the day. I’m clinging to the edge of dawn, a sparkling morning has arrived, and the magic’s only just begun: mist clears from heaven’s eye, leaves snowdrop-scented dew on lawn, and daffodil trumpets breathe a […]

Wedded Rocks

soft wrinkles of waves ocean’s treasure wrapped in silk Shinto wedding gift Kim M. Russell, 2017 Wedded Rocks My response to Carpe Diem #1162 Ueno Iga Province, birthplace of Basho Today we are visiting the region in which Matsuo Basho was born: Iga Province near Ueno, in modern-day Mie Prefecture. We have already learnt a lot […]