A Memorable Summer
During the summer of 1979 the high schools in the Mariana Islands selected representatives to send on the annual
Rotary Club Exchange. The program was a week’s exchange with a small Japanese resort town in Nagano Prefecture.
I was chosen from my school. The trip was during an particularly hot time in the otherwise temperate Japanese
I keep the shiny ones
even in fall
Bright and early, the local Rotary Club took us, nine in all, by bus right into the crater of
Mt. Asama. They wanted to show us that despite the heat there was snow on this dormant volcano.
It was the first time I saw snow and I have never forgotten this moment.
redheads in the zoo
stay for winter
once again I remember
a distant summer