Morning Haiku and Waka -Mono no aware (物の哀れ?) – February 12, 2015


Ii tenki desu ne?” (いい天気ですね?, “Fine weather, isn’t it?


 last boat sailing
longingly she stands watching
empty beach

he’s grown now
a man gone off on his own
fine weather isn’t it

at sunset
the gulls fly by quickly
a single duck bathes

her hair nearly gone
the waiting winter willow
alive in sunsets

 © G.s.k. ‘15

Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally “the pathos of things”, and is translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life. Wikipedia

Many thanks to Kazensakura for this aspect of Japanese culture!

25 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka -Mono no aware (物の哀れ?) – February 12, 2015

    • Thanks Suzanne … I’m happy that you think so! BTW this is NOT written for a prompt … my reference to Kazensakura was to thank her for her comment on my sashin no uta post. But if you want to link to me … I’d be happy to see what you’ve done!

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      • Thanks Georgia. I did visit Kazen Sakura’s blog and found it wasn’t a prompt. I enjoyed my visit there all the same. If I write something in this vein I’ll let you know – so many ideas – so little time 🙂


          • Yes – I’m thinking of getting more independent too but some challenges really inspire me on a dull day. It’s hard to find the happy medium between self motivated work and work created in response to someone else’s idea. I’ll watch out to see how your blog develops. 🙂

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          • Oh I’m not talking giving up all challenges and prompts … just not letting them stress me out! I’m happy you’ll still be dropping by from time t time 😉


    • Thanks — I wanted to try this concept which Kazensakura mentioned in one of her comments … I’m happy that you’ve found these ku effective, though I’m sorry I nearly made you cry!

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        • Well it’s hard to just pop back to normal when someone we loves passes away … don’t be hard on yourself and you do good to get away from the shop from time to time, your line of work doesn’t really help when you’re feeling down! I’m flying solo right now … having too many difficulties opening sites so I’m leaning on my own imagination instead of prompts … just can’t open other people work and can barely get my dashboard to load photos and do a preview … darn! darn! darn!

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        • Sigh .. she’s now introduced me in her comments to “silence” Chinmoku, which I’m very interested in finding out about …, listen to this (hum … well read this) :

          “Another Japanese concept that we can factor into our exploration of The Remains of the Day is one of several forms of silence in Japanese. Those familiar with the English tradition during Steven’s time will recognize the presence of silence which we often attribute to an English appreciation of stoicism. In the case of chinmoku it is not a silence of restraint or indifference, but instead another method of communicating.” …

          She got her idea of the concept from a film/book by the same title … I think its a manga. But the above is one of the sites that came up when I Googled the word …

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          • Now that IS interesting. I’m bookmarking it for tomorrow when it’ll sink in a bit more (LOL!) — but it does seem to make sense at first read. A person’s silence can speak volumes.


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