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Poem in Your Pocket



"The Japanese have a word for it: saku-taku-no-ki.

Saku–the special sound a mother hen makes tapping on an egg with her beak.
Taku–the sound a chick makes tapping from within.
No-ki–the moment the tappings come together.
Saku-taku-no-ki–the instant a chick pecking on the inside and the mother pecking on the outside reach the same spot. The egg cracks open. New life emerges.

In just that way a story begins, with a physical tapping on the outside: a line of a song that won’t leave your head, an article in the newspaper that strikes a chord, a fragment of conversation that loops endlessly, a photograph or painting that touches you deeply, a repeating dream. And then the answering emotion that taps within, sometimes days, weeks, years later. The moment they come together, the story starts."

                                                                                                                                    --Jane Yolen-Author


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