LEAVES SUDDENLY APPEAR

A summer hokku:

Sunrise;
Leaves suddenly appear
On the paper screen.

This too is a verse requiring a small intuitive leap.  Why would leaves suddenly appear on a paper screen?  Because the sun has just risen, casting shadows of plants onto the east side of the screen; and the observer is behind the screen, and sees them as they suddenly appear, dark silhouettes on the paper, surrounded by translucent light.

That of course uses “harmony of contrast” — the bright Yang light of the rising sun, and the Yin shadows cast on the Yang white paper screen.

David

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