Yesterday I talked about the appreciation of simple things in daoku (objective hokku).  Here is an example, a loose translation of a winter verse by Ransetsu:

This snowfall;
People waking up others
To see.


I have been fascinated by snow since I was a child, and each snowfall is always a special event.  Snow is not frequent in my part of the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  Some winters we may have none at all.  But when it happens, it still awakens some of the joy I felt in my childhood.  This old Japanese verse expresses the human desire to share an experience with someone else. It almost seems like a pleasure shared is a pleasure multiplied.

That human urge to share an experience is why people exchange daoku with others.  It is the same feeling expressed in this Robert Frost poem, “The Pasture”:

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.
I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.
And that, of course, is the reason why I began this blog based around the reading and writing of hokku years ago:  to say to others, “You come too.”

2 thoughts on “YOU COME TOO

  1. lmarshal

    Lovely! Reminds me of my husband hollering, “Come quick! Sand hill cranes flying over!” I rush out to hear their unmistakable chortling.

  2. David, this is a special post. I don’t recall you using the phrase (you come too) before, but that is exactly how I feel when reading your posts. May the season be generous to you. 🎋

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