Typhoon on Mind

Rain blown by the typhoon wind is beating the window.

Water is flowing down like a cataract on the outside of the windowpane.

This made me smile.

I am in a hospital room waiting for a cataract operation.

The view through the window is thus double blurred.

But I can see the crowds of houses and houses to the horizon.

Street trees are swaying like crazy.

And thoughts began raging on my mind like the trees.

A while ago a hospital accountant came and showed me an estimate of the fee I’d pay for the operation.

The fee is ridiculously low. The amount is almost that of my pocket money.

“The figure seems to be quite small.

“Does this include the three days of my hospitalization?” I asked the accountant.

“Yes, it’s for everything.

“The government will pay a lot more on that amount for you,” she said smiling and went out.

“The government will pay a lot more…”

Her voice kept echoing on my mind like the typhoon wind.

The government does not have any money of its own. “How can it pay?”

It’s the misconception of the accountant that the government will pay.

The misconception is not of her alone but of the public in general.

On many an occasion, this misconception was the root of my deep anger.

The government is responsible for supervising the money collected as taxes, fines, etc.

It’s not the government’s money.

But government officials nowadays seem to think the money collected through taxes, etc. is money they have earned.

Down through the window, I see an ambulance flashing red rides speeding in.

It may be carrying someone injured under a tree fell in the typhoon wind.

Or some having a heart attack or something in one of those houses.

This is a state-run hospital.

Anyone needing immediate medical attention would be brought in.

Ranking public officials would be transported by big cars on the same drive way just like anybody else.

I often hear the news of some officials accused of misusing the official money being hospitalized.

They are suddenly taken by illness, and people think it’s a feigned illness.

But doctors say the officials in such cases tend to fall ill without feigning.

When high ranking officials allocate the money against the will of the majority of the people to promote industries linked with militarism, it couldn’t be a laughing matter.

There is no lucrative business like the war industry.

There are countries in the world whose economies depend on making weapons.

I see our country is joining such countries and moving toward the old-time militarism again.

The government is gaining power to amend our No-War Constitution.

The constitution belongs to the people, and when the government gains the power to change it, that’s dictatorship.

The young men and women of our Self-Defense forces are already beginning to be trained to use weapons overseas.

This is under the new government-sponsored bills rammed through the parliament last year.

The Self-Defense forces are likely to be reformed into full scale armed forces complete with the court martial.

In such a case, the men and women of the forces will be trained to kill or to be killed.

A nurse will soon come to take me to the operation room.

My cloudy eye lens will be replaced with some artificial lens.

I know people who have gone the same experience.

I’m sure my eye sight will be back to that of my young days.

Then I hope I will be able to see what’s going around us more clearly

The fee I’ll pay to the hospital is so small, but actually it is not.

The accountant said the government will pay the rest.

She is wrong. Actually, it is only paying me back part the premiums I have paid to the national insurance scheme which aren’t all that cheap.

(AshiAkira, Aug. 2016)



48 Responses to Typhoon on Mind

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  2. hsampson says:

    Beautiful story and good luck with your operation Ashira sensei!

  3. Everything about this is very interesting, but mostly I’m happy to know it’s a cataract operation that has/had you in the hospital. Mine was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I didn’t just see as well as I used to, I saw better than I ever did — reading without glasses.

    Frankly, I’d like to see a single payer plan like yours. I do wish people would know that the government is us, not the enemy. But it is important to be alert to maintain — or gain — citizen control. Not easy

  4. mopana says:

    I am very glad that you’re OK, Ashi.
    Regarding what governments make with our money, it is outrageous.

  5. Thought-provoking and timely in a world whose governments all need a wake up call. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. My pleasure, Ashi. I enjoy reading your haiku posts and am very fond of writing them myself. It was a treat to find the link to this post. Governments around the world should wake up and realize that they only exist because of their citizens who pay taxes. Our health care costs including health insurance continue to escalate, while government officials receive free health care for life. Something is wrong with that picture. Anyway, I hope your surgery is a huge success and that the wind and weather treat you and your nation well. Blessings!

    • AshiAkira says:

      Thanks again. We must realize that the government of, by and for the people is still in words only.
      My surgery is huge success and my eyesight is back to that of my youth days. Too bad, though, that the rejuvenations is somewhat unbalanced. πŸ™‚

  7. aquacompass7 says:

    I read your article with interest.

  8. vasilegogea says:

    All’s Well That Ends Well!

  9. missmonsoon says:

    Storms of thoughts in your head like the typhoon outside…. If only world was hopeful as hopeful as you were that you would see clear again…i wonder what we will live to see in future.

    • AshiAkira says:

      Yes, I wonder, too. But I’m more concerned with today’s problems. πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        Um i am corncerned with today tomorrow n again after dat for my granchildren generations πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        About the future: I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it…:)

      • missmonsoon says:

        And i wonder what you mean….. πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        I deal with things when they are here and now. πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        Oh..i guess i understand that. So does any one help you with your blog? or do you manage the site all along..because i see you are kind enough to reply to everyone πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        I’m not much of a computer user and I often need technical help like on sending, receiving or posting pics. But otherwise I manage my site all by myself. I always make it a point to respond to comments from anyone. I don’t like to talk into darkness for not getting even an echo. πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        Hm..so who helps you? Thats a kind gesture to reply every coments you get. What about the thought process..do you sit to write haiku or poems? Or write wenever they come to your mind? πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        There always is someone who helps me. Of course I have to sit down to write, but the ideas come up on my mind mostly while I’m walking or driving, triggered by what I see, hear or anything I experience. I try to remember when they come up, but mostly I forget. Try to jot down by it’s not always possible to do so.

      • missmonsoon says:

        Um as with most writers πŸ™‚
        Have u decided on puvlishing a book with your haiku and writings?

      • AshiAkira says:

        A number of people have suggested that I should publish a book. I have posted more than 2,000 haiku poems on my blog, and some of them might be publishable. But can you imagine how laborious work it would be to publish? All the haikus must be printed out for selecting presentable ones, sort them out and then arrange them for publication. I’d have to ask someone with that skill to do that, etc. It would be nice if my haiku and some other poems are printed in a book, but it’s a dream. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        why is it a dream…On yor age how can you say its a dream?? you hav to do it Mr Ashiaki. It would be a worthwhile thing to live with. U must have frenz to help u out…or u can hire someone to go thru ur haikus someone with knowledge of haikus and intrest on words..ask him/her to submit his best to you and you can select from those…May be i would be able to afford by then πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        Thank you for the encouraging words. The problem is I don’t have any friend or know of any publishing expert who understands English here. Telling the truth, I have self-published a couple of books in Japanese before. I dipped myself in hot water. The publisher makes little effort to sell my copies but charges me about $1,000 each year just for keeping my unsold copies. I don’t lose my copyright but I might lose some publishing right if I don’t pay. It’s so difficult to publish – to say what you want to say – to the world. πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        Um but tokyo is like the most advanced cities. U don hav to book publish Mr Ashiaki. What about publishing on ‘ e book’ form. U kno books on internet on amazon. U wil hav to work a lil hard on finding a technical person wid layout n stufs at first but then once its published on internet u don hav to depend on publishers to do promtion. Its right on internet. U hav a big blog. U can self promote. People wil buy your book on internet with click n read..unlike traditional forms.English means u havr wider global reach to your haikus..more readers. And nowdays internet book sells ridiculously more than common books because people rarely hav time to go to bookstores. Try giving this a thought.
        Dont thank me. I wil support you πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        You are so kind. I’m very much encouraged. I wish you and I live geographically close enough so that we could meet up and I could ask you to help me organize my stuff for publication. All my haiku poems I’ve written so far in these five years or so are saved in my computer on hundreds of paged. I have to print these all out and read them through, and arrange them for publication in e-book or ordinary book. I can’t do it alone. There are some followers to my blog who are apparently connected with publishing business and they indirectly tried to make me their client. I just can’t trust them. As I said earlier none of my friends here understands English well enough to help me.

      • missmonsoon says:

        Um i wish that too. πŸ™‚
        Wel then..you wil have to start workning on sorting ur best ones out..get around 5oo for a time start. There is no way around but to invest. Hire a professional on publication. Its stil better if u aim for e book. Hiring a profesional would mean u can trust him..or her since dey are paid for. U dont want your haikus and writing lost would u?
        U hav to start sorting them out.. πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        You encouraged me a great deal. You have that power. I’ll start re-reading my stuff and look for someone who might professionally help me for the publication, though I still think finding one who knows English well enough might be next to impossible around here. πŸ™‚

      • missmonsoon says:

        I am glad i could. That is tokyo. Tokyo is like worlds most advanced city of course you wil find professionals speaking good english. Dont worry. You just have to start off πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        Do you know that the Japanese are known for being bad at foreign languages. An Indian diplomat here once told me that most Japanese can’t speak English yet they do good business with Americans. The Indians, thanks to the British colonialization of India for a long time, speak English as if it were their mother tongue. Why can’t they trade with Americans better than the Japanese? When I started writing poems in English, I made a lot of copies of them to distribute among my friends here. None of them read it. I have about 2,500 followers from about 100 countries on my blog. Only 4 of them are Japanese as far as I know. Do you think of publishing a book of your poems by the way?

      • missmonsoon says:

        Dats funnny Mr Ashiaki..my poems hardly good. Hahha i jus write to get it out. I wil never publish them.
        Um i understand. Powerful nations like japan…hav everything to start with on their own country.. they hav nothing to depend on others so they don need english. I get you.
        You hav to publish your book. There are japanese out there on blogs..they aren in your ones perhaps. I especialy see a lot of japanese girls on makeup n fashion blogs. πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        Guess what. I’ve already published my poem, at least one of them. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        The Praxis online magazine published a Poets for Peace, a collection of poems contributed by hundreds of poets from all over the world, to coincide with the UN International Peace Day. Mine is on it to. I linked to it from my post: https://ashiakira.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/poets-for-peace-is-published/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true.
        You can read it there. hehehe:)

      • missmonsoon says:

        Wow Mr Ashiaki i will be sure to check it. BUT YOU HAVE HUNDREDS..hehe you need to work on them too.Surely its a big honor to be published on such magazines but your other poems are equally beautiful πŸ™‚

      • AshiAkira says:

        Thank you and I’ll (try to) remember. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m reading some things here that suggest you may be willing to publish your wonderful work. I hope so! Cheering you on …

  11. Oh yes, The red tapes are the painful part, but do-able, and so worth it — at least for those of us who would get to read it.

  12. I’d be happy to write a review or blurb for the back of the book.

  13. It’s only fun when you really want to do it. It’s all up to you. I don’t mean to pressure you.

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