“Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.”

It is about 103 degrees Fahrenheit here (39.4 Celsius), and I got a notice from my neighborhood library that some items I had requested were in.  So yes, I went out in the noonday sun to pick them up.  I walked the four miles there and back, and when I got home my shirt was dripping wet.  But at least I experienced a daoku on the way:

Lingering heat;
A crow stands motionless
In the shade of the cedar.

Yes, some of the characteristics of summer daoku apply to the beginning of autumn as well, when there can still be days of lingering strong heat.  You will recall that heat/sun is Yang, and shade is Yin — so there is harmony of contrast in this; and of course the black color of the crow is Yin as well.


4 thoughts on “EVEN CROWS GET HOT

  1. Lesley

    39.4 C, oh my goodness! Those must have been very good books. 😀
    Lovely daoku. It would have been tempting to share the moment and the shelter of the cedar tree alongside the crow.

  2. John Budan

    The story about the man who goes to the library (mad dog or Englishman) was very humorous .Could you have attached the daoku to the story and technically called it a haibun? When I read the story and next the daoku, I laugh, putting human emotions into it. I see the the crow as mocking you for foolishly walking in the heat wave. If the daoku was read without the story, I see it in a whole different sense: simply a crow in the shade, period, no other thoughts, just oneness.,

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