Perhaps because he’s such a water-lover himself, this is my husband’s favorite of the illustrated poems in our family dinner-table verse book. From Prayers from the Ark, by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold.
Today is the birthday of Haruki Murakami (1949), a Japanese novelist and translator whom my son admires, author of Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore, among other works. In addition to writing novels he jogs and runs marathons. Maybe there is a connection between running long distances and writing surreal and humorous metaphysical short fiction.
“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” —Haruki Murakami