Poem of the Day : from Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Storm by Carnegriff

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”


image by Carnegriff

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7 Responses to Poem of the Day : from Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  1. Marthafied says:

    How beautifully described, the changes we all go though in life. I have never read Haruki Murakami before. Such beautiful writing!

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  2. Chiara says:

    I suggest you to read this novel, one of the most intense, deep and original I ever read. :)

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  3. Lisa Zhang says:

    I just finished reading the book, and it was damn beautiful. I remember this quote, and I also loved the passage where (I hope this is not a spoiler for you) when the miss is talking about how life is like a bird who has to constantly shift it’s position because the wind blos all the time on the branch it is sitting on.

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  4. Chiara says:

    Don’t worry no spoiler for me, when I read this book I was at high school and still now it is one of my favourite novels. :)
    You mean this passage?

    “Are you in love?” she asks.
    “Yes.”
    “And her face and whole being are special and precious to you, each time you
    see her?”
    “That’s right. And I might lose those.”
    Miss Saeki looks at me for a while, and the smile fades away. “Picture a
    bird perched on a thin branch,” she says. “The branch sways in the wind, and each
    time this happens the bird’s field of vision shifts. You know what I mean?”
    I nod.
    “When that happens, how do you think the bird adjusts?”
    I shake my head. “I don’t know.”
    “It bobs its head up and down, making up for the sway of the branch. Take a
    good look at birds the next time it’s windy. I spend a lot of time looking out
    that window. Don’t you think that kind of life would be tiring? Always shifting
    your head every time the branch you’re on sways?”
    “I do.”
    “Birds are used to it. It comes naturally to them. They don’t have to think
    about it, they just do it. So it’s not as tiring as we imagine. But I’m a human
    being, not a bird, so sometimes it does get tiring.”
    “You’re on a branch somewhere?”
    “In a manner of speaking,” she says. “And sometimes the wind blows pretty
    hard.” She places the cup back on the saucer and takes the cap off her fountain
    pen.

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  5. Lisa Zhang says:

    Yes, I just love that section!

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