Kafka on The Shore, and some poetry inspired by it

I read my first Haruki Murakami a few days ago, and I was bothered, impressed and inspired by it.

Kafka on the Shore is a story about a boy that ran away from home, his adventures, the people he met, and ending with a semi-conclusion on what he plans to do with his life. It is supplemented with a story about a man with an extraordinary past and gift. The plot is twisting and convoluted as it is simple.

It just is.

The themes of the book dealt with growing up with love, without it, missing parents, and family members, life, life being different, finding and losing someone you love, and the idea of a fantastical world where you can fix your issues.

Yes, as I told you, it’s difficult and simple at the same time.

I liked it because of two main points. First, it had a great love story in there. The kind that makes you want to cry and wonder if it’ll ever happen to you. At the same time, you’re afraid of it happening to you.

Second, I liked it because it had really awesome lines. You know the type that you make into status messages. Yes, I’m corny like that as one of my friends did say a few days ago. I often like reading books that give me life lessons, and this book did in its strange and peculiar way. Some of these include:

“..in dreams begins responsibilities”

“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting..”

“Asking a question is embarrassing for a moment, but not asking is embarrassing for a lifetime.”

“Anyone who’s fallen in love is looking for the missing pieces of themselves.”

“Things never work out like the way you want, but that’s what makes life interesting.”

“Taking crazy things seriously— is a serious waste of time.”

“Pointless thinking is worse than not thinking at all.”

I would recommend reading this if you are in the mood for some serious introspection after, or if you want to read beautiful writing because his writing style is just like that song of his— flowing but discordant. Discordance might come from some of the themes in the book that might not be for everyone such as incest, rape, running away from home, etc.  but he writes it so matter of factly that I found myself cringing and reading on.

Kafka on the Shore was the name of the hit song that one of the characters recorded, sang and made famous. I was inspired by the lyrics and the particular story of the character that wrote this song, so right after that chapter, I stopped reading and  i found myself writing poetry. So here goes. (I’m a little rusty… sorry!)



It is said,
that we search for the halves of ourselves.
Most of this is explained as love,
senseless, pragmatic, romantic drivel.
Trains moving
  towards nothing and everything
  without a driver or tracks.

The first time I saw you
  my heart said yes!
the half of you has come home.
Now I wonder..
 what was it that made me so sure
 that you were the thing that I was lacking?
The exact moment of certainty
 was the moment I lost you.

I weep.
For all the things that was,
     and should have been.
Futile memories produce effervescence,
  remembering the stupidity that was hope.
 Am I still floating
  in an unending well of my tears?
when I am already dry and so spent.

You are the beautiful thing that I lost.

I pray for delirium
 for the peace I know is a dream.
I continue to dream of you.
I bargain in dreams.
  I find you and lose you,
  I see you and never have known you,
  I fall down this hole,
  or I fly.

They say the future is still uncertain.
Of some things, we know are not.
Like your death,
Like my death.

As I close my eyes
for no more dreams
It occurs to me..
I should have asked the question,
I should have asked a question.
To you,
the beautiful thing..

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