The air was cool but not cold and I was compelled to walk five hours into the night. Sleep was short and came in brief dreams I did not, in any way or shape recall. The afternoon after, a sandwich and smoothie later, I was aboard my two-wheeled steed. The sun was golden aglow against building sides, striking me full and soft in the face. I didn’t even have to squint. But branches and leaves wavering in the breeze, caught hold of the rays. They danced like the sun was a disco ball and the world, a club. And I the wind blowing through.
Up a long slow grade toward my last day at the gym, I biked and felt my heart ready to explode. The world was in a perfect suspension. Everything was beautiful. The angle of the sun low, easy, gentle. The late evening of the first of Autumn. And I know as certainly as an instinct — the summer is over. Change is coming. The slow curling in of life, preparation for yet another winter.
I am ready.
Today is the first of three 日本 holidays. The day of respect. Tomorrow, the day before. And then, 秋分。The Autumnal Equinox is almost here. And I am an autumn heart.
In this brief moment of change, all is good.