Author Archives: Jan Vanek

Lost in Translation

LOST IN TRANSLATION Kevin reached into his backpack. “I’ve got a surprise for you.” My heart raced. A proposal? At last? He pulled out a strange-looking sign. “What’s that?” I asked. “It’s to keep anyone from ‘rounding that curve we … Continue reading

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A Dance of Lights

Last night, I read a Native American myth about the Northern Lights—that they are spirits of departed friends, dancing in the sky, and colors sashaying over the landscape mean loved ones who’ve left this world are happy. Three years after … Continue reading

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Happy Place

A lucky koi am I To live here Surrounded by gardens And best of all, stacked rocks Because I remember stories My grandfather told me Of watching monks stack one by one One by one In Japan Before he was … Continue reading

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Dancers and Dukers

See that window up there on the left? That’s the bedroom I shared with my sister. Every day after school, we’d stop to watch boxers duking it out before we reluctantly trudged upstairs to do homework. I was always fascinated … Continue reading

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All the Petals Are Gone

Sleepy-eyed and slightly bummed about my first Valentine’s Day alone, I walked into the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee. In a beam of sunlight on the kitchen table I found A rose. With a note. “I love you, … Continue reading

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