Magazine January 24, 2022, Issue

Hokkaido Sequence

Sake, a Japanese liquor (takasuu/Getty Images)

Smoke curling around
The uncorked sake bottle.
Winter with a girl.

Lamps illuminate
Limitless prospects of books.
Placid disturbance.

Coming winter breeze
Through the still-green laurel tree.
I am not ready.

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Brian J. Buchanan is a writer in Nashville, Tenn. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Crannog, Chronicles, The Westchester Review, Literary Matters, Modern Age, Cumberland River Review, Potomac Review, and elsewhere.

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