Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The month of the melancholy elephant

September, I am told by a trusted authority, is the month of the elephant. It is also my birth month, so I suppose it is the month of the aerophant. It is a month of equinox; in the northern hemisphere the green leaves of summer begin to give way to the dusky sunsets of fall. Change and transience are all around us. The earth is beginning to let go. In September I feel most acutely a sensation the Japanese call mono no aware, a kind of autumnal longing. One notices how many small beautiful things are on the brink of vanishing. The sound of wind rippling through the eucalyptus boughs stirs a hundred fingers of memory. One reaches for the heart of things and finds the space between; that is mono no aware and that is the month of the elephant.

9 comments:

smartz said...

Exquisite!

Sarah Thompson said...

Happiest of birthdays, Tai!!

Pete said...

Virgo or Libra?

CJGallegos said...

Tai, it is my birth month also. I have long felt the subtle changes that come with September. To me, it's a beautiful time, one of melancholy and expectation at the same time.

Tai said...

Thank you Sarah and Smartz.

Libra, Pete! And where have you been?

Coop, I think Frank Sinatra said something very similar. Or sang it, more likely.

runnerfrog said...

BTW, that sounds like a very handsome trusted authority ;-)

Tai said...

The trusted authority is not only handsome, but brilliant, clever, and amphibious. That's why I couldn't reveal his name.

Pete said...

It delights me to share the astrological sign of the noble Aerophant, as September 29th is my birthday.

As for my mysterious absence, shall I explain? Or shall it suffice to say, that the legends of a hollow earth are indeed, marvelously true....

Tai said...

That's only a single day later than mine! I'm so relieved to hear the earth is hollow. I never believed those ridiculous stories about a molten core.