The scratchy, soothing voice of Dennis Edwards played from from one of my campy oldies vinyl compilations. I found it suiting for the current weather condition; gloomy with a chance of sleepiness.
Though my spirits have been up, I find it easy to dwell in melancholy. I enjoy a somber slumber accompanied with tears. Maybe I haven’t suffered enough in my life and find it necessary to plunge into pain so I know the difference between its presence and when it’s gone. Sadness is soothing and sometimes a form of therapy.
NPR correspondents have estimated a current death toll of 10,000 of our brothers and sisters in Japan. The Tsunami that casted its fait on their country washed away hopes and dreams and left a residue of suffering. From my dry and cozy flat, my heart and inquisitive mind drifts out to the Japanese people.
I wonder what the artist of the image above, Katsushika Hokusai, would be thinking right now. I wonder which continent will be next. I wonder what it must be like to be in a natural disaster. I wonder what’s ahead of us in the next nine months. And I wonder when it will stop raining.