Mono No Aware

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Mono No Aware

Anonymous

Sometimes there aren’t words for certain things, or feelings. But sometimes there are- in other languages. ‘Mono no aware’ is a term in Japanese meaning ‘the pathos of being’, or the ‘ahh-ness’ of things. It’s a gentle sadness at the passing of things, but one in which the beauty of the moment is appreciated. It has a certain aesthetic- think cherry blossom and haikus.

When I first came across this term I was on a bus and it happened to be raining. I suddenly became aware of the fact that so many people with so many stories were passing by, and I would probably never get to know those stories but in that moment I witnessed a part of their journey even though they might not have noticed.

Rain is often symbolises melancholy, but it can create colour- and perhaps the difficulties and low points in life are what gives our lives meaning.

Written in free verse, this piece is a wandering exploration of all those little moments in life that pass us by, that define us no matter how seemingly important or mundane, and a call to reflection and a general contentedness amidst our differences and the hustle and bustle of life.

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