The expressive force and appeal of this book, which offers an evocative collection of short stories, are largely based on the power of words. In these pages, the poetry of everyday objects mingles with stories about the passage of time, special moments in life, and clouds that penetrate the mind to produce a shower of tears... The sensibility and charm of these stories reaches deep into the soul to make the reader feel more alive. Their subtlety touches the fiber of our deepest emotions through stories of fish that no longer live in the sea, but still dream about returning and yearn for home; toads that come to life in a poem, transforming it into something beautiful and marvelous; beggars that share the warmth of home with a strange family, as the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee tickles their noses... Filled with sadness, loneliness, and love, the poetic language of these shrewd stories maintains our interest from beginning to end, as they evoke deep emotions that the reader may never have been able to feel before.