In this heating summer,
I live as if walking on thin ice.
Is the electric power sufficient?
Is the lightning strike not coming?
Is my air conditioner OK?
Having an anxious mind,
my days are full of worry, joy and gratitude.
But wonder how they are doing
those who have no air conditioner.
I am now longing
for the days to come
when we need no air conditioner
which would be a tender season.
Most tender to the Earth as well.
Who has changed the Earth
so much to need such item?
So I feel I am asked.
It’s me, Lord,
I answer hesitatingly.
(August 10, 2021)
Teruko Yamakawa (translator)