Saturday, 12 March 2011

still free to dream

Still shocked by the terrible quake that rocked Japan
yesterday morning I feel the need of a sign of hope and 
what could be more uplifting than Toyo Shibata's story?

The 99-year-old poet who touched the hearts of Japanese 
readers with her self-published debut book only picked up 
the pen at the age of 92 when, could you ever believe it, 
due to back pain she was forced to quit dancing.
“Although 98, I still fall in love. I do have dreams,
one like riding a cloud”
she confessed in her
poem called ”Secret”.

Much of her poetry writing is done at night after her 
home helper leaves and that's exactly what I wish to 
Japan, to come back dreaming long before 
the helpmates have all gone away.


  1. In my mind I still do not believe that this disaster actually happened. There are so many bad things going on right now.
    It might sound stupid but sometimes I'm afraid to turn on the TV and watch the news because the world is "ending".
    The war in Libya makes me feel bad because a few year ago I was in the same situation because my country (Angola) was in a civil war too. I can't imagine what they are feeling right now, these things disturb me and I just can't watch their pain because that would be my pain too, I start remembering bad things.
    About Japan, I have no words. I was trying to convince myself that I was having a nightmare (because I do have nightmares like these) but this is really happening.
    I think sometimes I try to live by Itzah C. Kret words, "I live in a world of fantasy, so keep your reality away from me. I see what I want, I want what I see & that is all okay by me."

  2. P.S. - Thank you so much for the link. Vivian's work is very inspiring, she was an amazing photographer.

  3. Dearest Elisabetta,

    What an appropriate blog! Yes, this lady can teach the world a lesson... Let's hope and pray for all involved that God gives them the strength to overcome this.

    Lots of love,