Week 6:The Order of Here and Now

Week 6: The order of here-and-now

By Songwha Choi

I was walking in front of the student center in the evening when I noticed that the streetlight was reflecting bright light.

Winter night—

A standing streetlight

Reflecting light


In this week, we discussed the order of here and now. It was hard to understand the concept of this week’s subject because it is abstract to me. However, The Bodhisattva Cycle is strongly impressive to me. When I fail a plan A, I get so frustrated by my failure. After that, I think about a Plan B which I can try to figure out my problems in a different way, and I realize that the plan B is actually better than the plan A. My view toward the world is so limited, so I cannot know that which option is better for me before I do it. If my life always goes direct way, it will be not meaningful. Accepting diversities is very important in our lives because we can learn from them (lecture 02/25/13). Sometimes, because of diverse failures and frustrations, I can grow up and get good lessons.

Bosho in his book, The Narrow Road to The Deep North also tries to accept the diversities of nature. When I read the book, I felt Basho knows the real meaning of a wonder of nature. It makes Basho’s life beautiful because he can appreciate his life. “I myself have been tempted for a long time by the cloud-moving wind-filled with a strong desire to wander” (Basho 97). While he wanders Japan’s remote northeastern region of Tohoku, he enjoys being lost in thought. When he stops overnight at the Zenshoji Temple, he writes about autumn wind. “All night long, I listened to the autumn wind…” (Basho 136). The autumn reminds of image of death, so I realized that Basho feels lonely and sentimental about the nature. However, Basho looks as if he enjoys the loneliness. “I was very lucky to find in such a lonely place” (Basho 120). Because of his lonely life, he could be friend with nature, and write a wonderful poem. His loneliness makes him contemplate on his life, nature, and God. He has tried to trust the divine providence in the nature. “The gods seemed to have possessed my soul and turned it inside out” (Basho 97). God gives us the here and now, so we should know the precious value of the moment. Life is too short to be wasted.

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One Response to Week 6:The Order of Here and Now

  1. Avatar of Laura  Sabia Laura Sabia says:

    I really enjoyed reading your poem. Poetry about light and its reflection, angles, tints…has always been a favorite of mine. I think it can offer its readers a lot of insight into and information about the different perspectives and vantage points that exist in this world- points of view that we are often ignorant of. I did, however, wonder a little about your personal experience of this moment. I wanted to hear more of your emotion in the piece. It would help me understand your perspective and how you were looking at the world in the exact moment you are describing to us here.

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