Eyes to the Skies 目を空に

10! 9! 8! I feel like I’m in one of those steam-punk sci-fi movies where something catastrophic is about to happen, and I’m flying out via a homemade space contraption. I scramble about the ship, scrounging for parts, pushing buttons, leaping over seats. Time is short.



7! 6! Will I make it? Computers beep at me. Meters are off. I make some last minute repairs. I leap over the seat again. There’s something about leaping over the seat that seems both in a hurry and really cool. Screw in a bolt here, pull a lever there. Seconds blur into days into months.


5! 4! I’ll make it. My best friend helped me with the ship. Lots of friends actually. And I trust them all. I’ll make it. I’m getting there! Tighten another screw, hop over the seat one more time. So much excitement, but no time to stop and revel in it. Gotta be ready when this thing takes off!

5!4! 間に合う。大親友が応援してくれたんだ。たくさんの友達、じっさいは。そして、みんなその友達に信用している。間に合う。着いている!もう一つの螺子を捩 じて、もう一回座席を飛び越す。とっても興奮しているけど、その興奮をとどまる時間がない。この宇宙船の発進の前に準備しなきゃいけない!

3! 2! 1! I strap myself in. I watch the lights, hear the beeps, feel the rumbles, let it all unfold before me for just a moment. Takeoff. Peace in the chaos. Where endings and beginnings meet. Engine churning, thrusters burning, eyes to the skies, hope is in the air! I’m getting there.



About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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