Debbie

Seen in plain daylight
the firefly’s nothing but
an insect
—Basho

I am drawn to this haiku because I am waiting for warm, sunny spring days. I am intrigued by the wonderful beauty of ordinary things.

In this haiku I notice that daylight seems to diminish the magical quality of the firefly. But it is not the firefly that changes!

Reading this haiku I experience the contradiction of the ordinary: looking at the ordinary in one way it is possibl...

Seen in plain daylight
the firefly’s nothing but
an insect
—Basho

I am drawn to this haiku because I am waiting for warm, sunny spring days. I am intrigued by the wonderful beauty of ordinary things.

In this haiku I notice that daylight seems to diminish the magical quality of the firefly. But it is not the firefly that changes!

Reading this haiku I experience the contradiction of the ordinary: looking at the ordinary in one way it is possible to miss how extraordinary it might be. I know how beautiful fireflies are at night. What other wonders do I miss when I don’t look deeper or differently or in new ways?

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2 years ago