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A Leafless Tree

Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke, was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar... Continue Reading →

Ice War

The first day of spring was marked by icy winds and storms in the UK. Power cuts, traffic accidents and a general standstill has been the norm here for the last few days; some areas worse- off than others.  ... Continue Reading →

Kashgar (Northern route)

en route to Kashgar myrrh and frankincense barter for cooling winds ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem #1366 Kashgar (Northern route) Kashgar has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk... Continue Reading →


Buffeted by winds Is how her soul feels She's in their bedroom But alone by the sea Is where her spirit flees Not knowing what to do Unable to speak the words Unable to lift This weight in her core... Continue Reading →

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