This etegami was inspired by one of my favorite passages from The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith.
The word Cyril meant, in his mind, that something was going to happen.
It was a verb. He had no idea that it was him, that he was an object.
He waited for some further sign, but none came. So he lowered his head
and went to sleep. Before he dropped off, pictures came to him, and
scents too. He saw a field, and a path. He saw a ball in the air,
describing an arc across the sky. He smelled something rich and
exciting; rabbits, perhaps. He saw a face peering at him. He saw water
at the edge of sand. He heard verbs.
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.