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:
People waking up others
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”: