I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Elizabeth Miki Brina’s debut memoir, Speak, Okinawa, is forthcoming in February 2021. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she loves the heat and humidity and riding her bicycle.
My father tells me about the ghosts. He tells me about lying on his stomach in a trench and falling asleep and hearing the voice of a friend who had just been killed shouting, “Brina, look out!”