Autumn Sakura

Musings, inanities, and ramblings in a "Pillow Book"-esque style.

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Location: Albuquerque, United States

Thursday, February 06, 2003

    Comforting Things
  • A well-worn fleece shirt
  • A t-shirt that fits just right
  • Hugs from friends
  • The smell of vanilla
  • A familiar blanket
  • A large, soft, often hugged stuffed animal
  • Short, sweet phone calls from friends
  • "Just thinking of you"
  • Grandma's voice
  • The warmth of a pet sleeping in your bed
  • A dog's brown eyes
  • A cat's purr
  • A good movie to cry to
  • A favorite comedy
  • The warmth of a mug of cocoa on a wet day, and the shell of blanket that protects you as you watch the rain fall
  • Men's deoderant and cologne
  • Snuggling
  • A friendly head rub
  • Soft lights
  • Bath scents and bubbles
  • An old, oft-thumbed book
  • The smell of a new book
  • Lemon floor polish
  • A brilliant smile
  • Quietly sung or chanted Latin
  • The first ray of sunlight on the wall

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Zuihitsu: Love through the Seasons

Summer is a time of passion. In summer, there is too much of everything--too much heat, too much humidity, too much natural violence. Summer doesn't bring rain, it brings thunderstorms, lightning storms, tornados and hurricanes. All this has a strange effect; the memories of summer are washed in Technicolor brilliance, and love in summer is just as scorching as the heat of a hungry desert. It is as if you have stood in the middle of a freshly paved, black road, wearing nothing but black, arms spread wide and face raised to the sky, absorbing every bit of heat, then redirecting it to your beloved. Passion is the love of summer, as cracklingly brilliant as the lightning so common in the sky.

Fall is a time of realization, when love becomes less one of passion and more one of contemplation. The heat of summer fades, and passion seems less striking; the cool of winter beckons through time, and lovers turn to each other less sexually, more in words, more in the comfort of a touch. The little things stand out as summer's passion fades away, and as the first frost comes, sharpening every blade of grass with its white coat, so is the view of your lover sharpened.

Winter is the time of burrowing love. Cold, snow, and dark haunt your steps outside; everywhere seems a place of muted lights, of beckoning warmth, and inside becomes a place to retreat. So becomes love in winter--a place of retreat, a place of warmth built entirely of the two of you, and to be shared only between you two. This is a time of dark nights under blankets, watching the flickering movie; of long stays in bed, an unconscious refusal to leave your burrow and face the outside. Lovers become intertwined with each other, weave themselves together, in a way the fall only suggested, and the summer never prophesied. Is there passion in the winter? Yes, but less like lightning, and more like a slow burning fire, always hot, but now, suddenly, lasting.

Spring brings green, rebirth, and an emergence from the burrow of winter, stepping into the oddly new light of the sun. Like trees with new branches, and perenials with new shoots, love in spring brings new growth to you and your lover, a seed planted in summer that lay dormant until this time. Spring is also a time of new loves, of shy loves, of loves that grow without the overwhelming passion summer brings. They are sweet and gentle, quiet and shy, and should they pass the tests of the seasons, will grow beyond the spring they began in.

Monday, February 03, 2003

    Simple Delights
  • Six A.M. breakfasts with G.
  • Late night coffee with K., X, F., M, and G.
  • A thick, sweet, chocolatey cup of cocoa.
  • Bare skin beneath a warm blanket
  • Hot, scented bath water.
  • Discussing literature with friends.
  • Vanilla candles.
  • Fall breezes
  • Spring rains.
  • Summer thunderstorms.
  • The first frost.
  • Blueberries and whipped cream.
  • Re-reading beloved books.
  • A hug.
  • A lover's scent on the pillow.
  • Well cooked sausage.
  • Fog at night, glowing in the streetlamps; or fog in early morning as it slides off the mountains.
  • Group laughter.

Friday, January 31, 2003

I wish I had a title bar...

'Twould make it much easier to follow the original format, neh?

This is an introductory post that will later fall at the absolute bottom of this blog, so it should probably be considered Author's Notes.

"Autumn Sakura" is a project for my Japanese aesthetics class. At the end of the semester, we're supposed to turn
in some sort of creative work, or paper, dealing with what we've learned in the class. Through happenstance, I
began to keep a sort of pillow book in a journal a friend gave me for X-Mas. Et voila! A project idea. I decided to put
in on a Blogger because my handwriting is atrocious, and also it's much more aesthetically pleasing than turning
in a bunch of typed pages.

Several good links about Sei Shonagon and the Pillow Book can be found here, or if you're up to it,
by doing a Google search on her. Two other works I recommend are Murasaki's "Diary," and Kenkou's "Essays in
Idleness," which will probably have more of an influence on the style than Sei will. I do not posess much "okashi," though I will try.

In keeping with Sei style, though...a list.

    A list of things one may find in these pages
  • Lists, of course
  • Musings on my home and life
  • Quick bites of discovered "wisdom," sometimes motivated by an event, sometimes by just writing
  • Poems (not necessarily of the good sort)
  • Random tidbits