Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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.
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