Hello Word Artists and Admirers! While this pandemic has limited a lot of my activities, it hasn’t stopped my tea lessons. In some ways I’m more active with my studies than ever, as my teachers and fellow students have been having more conversations around the art of tea over email. One of the things we’ve been discussing is the idea of seasons and how being an observer of nature plays a part in our tea practice. In the ancient Japanese calendar there are 72 microseasons, each one describing natural phenomena that define that time period. According to that calendar we are currently in the one called “The First Paulownia Fruit Ripen”.
We’ve had a few conversations about taking the base idea of microseasons and rethinking what they would look like in our Southeastern Pennsylvania climate. I suppose I’d call this time, “Crickets singing in afternoon showers” because I’ve noticed their chirping getting louder in the afternoon and we’ve had a ton of rain. I’ve been a very casual observer of nature for years, but it would take several years (at least) to really get a feel for the patterns down to that detail.
The name of this song, Ka Chou Fuu Getsu literally means Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon
and is a phrase often used to describe the idea of finding yourself by experiencing the beauty of nature.
Fortunately writing is always in season. Let’s take care of some housekeeping first.
- Rosemary shines a spotlight on the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz in this last Wild Friday's feature.
- Next Wednesday, for our Weekly Scribblings #30: Writing as Metaphor for Living, Magaly invites us to write new poetry or prose which includes 3 or more of the following writing related terms: allusion, conflict, edit, fiction, grammar, mood, pace, plot, poetry, prose, punctuation, rhythm, stanza. The actual words, or derivatives of them, should be part of your poetry or prose.
The floor is now yours. Share a piece of poetry or prose, old or new, fiction or non-fiction. Just remember one submission per person, and if you are moved to contribute prose, please keep it to 369 words or fewer.