小鳥の歌 61

Awake and aware
Each moment is a treasure
Just outside my grasp
My heart is chained to the past
My thoughts snared in the future

Link: aware to aware. Also a thematic link regarding Buddhism.

There is some complex wordplay going on here. I am writing about bodhi, which we would translate into “enlightenment”, although the word root is “budh” (to awaken). Aware is an interesting false friend. In English, aware means to be mindful, conscious, alert. In Japanese, aware (pronounced AH-WAH-RE) which roughly translates to pity, sorrow, or pathos. In Japanese poetry, aware is often used as a exclamation, the same way alas is used in English poetry.

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