for Miyoko Matsubara
She bowed deeply. She bowed deeper than the oceans. She bowed
from the top of Mt. Fuji to the bottom of the ocean. She bowed so deeply and
so often that the winds blew hard.
The winds blew her whispered apologies and prayers across all the
continents. But the winds whistled too loudly, and made it impossible to hear
her apologies and prayers. The winds made the oceans crazy. The water in
the oceans rose up in a wild molecular dance. The oceans threw themselves
against the continents. The people were frightened. They ran screaming from
the shores. They feared the white water and the whistling wind. They
huddled together in dark places. They strained to hear the words in the wind.
In some places there were some people who thought they heard an
apology. In other places there were people who thought they heard a prayer.
She bowed deeply. She bowed more deeply than anyone should bow.