Despite all efforts, it can happen in any season.

The young know it.

The old people sometimes still speak of it.

The passing of certain moons may even produce fissures or a tumult that resemble it.

And sometimes, sometimes,

it even causes the great music to fall silent

and for some poets and travelers to reach that point on the road

where there simply are no more words.

(c) 2018 / Frank LaRue Owen (Wandering Stone Lantern) /

sound: Roy Mattson / Melancholy Moon

Liner notes: Tako-tsubo is a Japanese term meaning "octopus pot," whose shape appears like a heart undergoing cardiomyopathy. The term was adopted by a Japanese physician to refer to what has otherwise come to be known as "broken-heart syndrome."