Scenario: Feeling overheated in my room after being in a daze of work, I open my window.
cold and warm
This week, we learned about the beauty of sorrow, the Japanese views of nature (as a continuation of last week), and the need to be connected. The idea of sorrow and loneliness in Japanese society and in the modern self seemed at odds to what I read in your book; or at least what I mainly enjoyed in this reading. You talk about change: “What is beautiful about the cherry blossom and the moon is that they are neither no more nor no less created than anything else, and that their beauty is what teaches us that we, too, are like them. We are both made and makers, alive to our truest nature (as agents of an for change) by virtue of our sameness with all that surrounds. Realizing this sameness, we become poets, realizing that ‘the changes of heaven and earth are the seeds of poetry’” (Inouye 79).
This week’s haiku was very difficult for me, and I’m not at all happy with the result. I couldn’t associate myself enough with nature this week – I felt like I was looking at it through the glass of an aquarium, not a part of it. I felt that I was “more” and “less” than the cherry blossom this week, not the same. I felt sorrow and loneliness because I didn’t feel the same as nature. Is that these readings were trying to say? Bashō’s loneliness seemed to come from the feelings of self, so perhaps mine were the same.