1988 [ Summit | Japan / Vow ]


I wanted to summit Mauna Loa
before I left Hawaii. Dad said, Only if you
hike with someone.
Lynn offered. I told her
No, but don’t know why.


I’m in Misawa, Japan with the Navy
at the “pointy end of the spear,” vowing
that I’m going to get out. I will, but not yet.
The exchange rate is awful. I love
the country, note how the people
are uniformly polite and helpful, despite
my limited knowledge of Japanese.

In northern Japan, I marvel at massive
Hirosaki Castle and all the cherry blossoms,
and renew my fondness for sushi and hot sake.

After a long bus ride, I climb Mount Fuji
for the sunrise. It is glorious.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 2
April 8, 2013

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to 1988 [ Summit | Japan / Vow ]

  1. Oh! What a surprising and lovely resolution here.

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