Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Salaryman

This morning I was awakened by a strong earthquake, two minutes ahead of my daily alarm setting. I immediately sat on the edge of the bed. While waiting for the shakings to stop, the ghost of the March 11 earthquake flashed back. As soon as the earth stabilized, I switched on the lights and proceeded with the routine of a salaryman. Shower. Eat. Travel. Work. Eat. Shower. Sleep. Pretty exciting life, right?

salaryman
photo by Noemi


#lifeofasalaryman 

I stare at the clock, 
let its sound fade
through the curtains; 

the water from the shower
is tasteless
like the mirror above the sink.

Lunch box is still
empty,
pockets and wallets as well. 

The 7 am train 
is waiting for the snow
since spring. 

I pedal along the railway,
wondering if it connects
sunrises and sunsets,
autumns and winters. 

Instead of the stars,
I watch the bonsai 
wilt on the orange pebbles; 

vodka on the rocks
spirits to comfort me. 

The black heart- 
shaped pillow 
disappears from my arms.

There is an alarm
to evacuate

/totomai 

When photo enthusiasts could not find a model, they stand-in, pose in front of the camera just to keep the activity going. The photo above was taken few weeks ago during our salaryman-themed photoshoot. And by the way, that bicycle is known as mamachari in Japan. 

 /totomai 
2016/11/22

25 comments:

  1. The 7 am train
    is waiting for the snow
    since spring.
    ..love every line of this poem. And that suit on a bicycle is just too good!

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    1. That's a peek of my life as a salaryman haha

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  2. "wondering if it connects
    sunrises and sunsets,
    autumns and winters." love this portion...
    &
    stay safe...

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    1. Thanks Sumana, really appreciate it.

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  3. I can feel the routine of the salary man, and have lived it. There is never enough free time......the one blessing of aging is having whole days of one's own.

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    1. p.s. am glad you were not harmed by the earthquake.

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    2. Thanks Sherry, we are still experiencing some quakes but so far so good..

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  4. glad you are safe salary man. I was alarmed when I heard the news - coming from earthquake country I know how unsettling it can be.
    Great poem and shot!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! Shocking, especially if it's the first thing that will say good morning to you lol :-)

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  5. I pedal along the railway,
    wondering if it connects
    sunrises and sunsets,
    autumns and winters.

    Such a lovely image.. stay safe and wish you the best!❤️

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  6. Love! I forgot you were at the epicenter, or almost. I'm glad you are safe! it's always when danger is near and the "alarm to evacuate" rings, that we look at our routines. You are an amazing poet. And I like the picture of you:
    "I pedal along the railway,
    wondering if it connects
    sunrises and sunsets,
    autumns and winters."

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    1. We have an application here about incoming earthquakes.. Thanks Susan :-)

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  7. What some beautiful imagery you have created here Totomai, but none more so than that "black heart shaped pillow" as you leave former safety to uncertainty.

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  8. Wow. This is my favorite so far. Many classic lines putting things together in an extraordinary way.

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  9. brilliant, response to today's prompt
    Have a nice Wednesday

    much love...

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  10. That must have been frightening, Totomai! How an ordinary day can suddenly turn extra-ordinary!

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    1. I'm not sure Mary but I am getting used to it already. Of coursem I hope no further damage than March 11 quake

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  11. I am glad you are safe, Totomai!! You played the emotional ride effortlessly:) as always, you shine!! Stay safe...
    Loved the photo too! :))

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  12. An earthquake is a dreadful occurrence (having lived through some myself!), and it can be a sobering experience and can force ordinary salarymen to re-evaluate ordinary existence...

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