This evening, find yourself a piece of sky and settle in.
What’s Rarer Than A Blue Moon? A Strawberry Moon tells us more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the Strawberry Moon.
Bonus points if you eat strawberries while sticking your head outside this evening.
I had this very cup of strawberry shortcake just today.
Barn’s burnt down—
I can see the moon.
This poem returns to me again and again.You’ll find many interpretations of it, but I haven’t found a whole lot about Masahide himself.
Sometimes it takes a drastic measure for us to wake up and see what’s really going on. I look at it as a saving grace, realizing there’s something bigger than ourselves to focus on when something relatively mundane has fallen or been taken away.
This is not to say we shouldn’t mourn what’s passing. Being very much of this earth, sometimes I do wonder about the calamity between the lines!
Naturally, you can interpret this however you want, especially as we’re missing nuances from the original 17th century Japanese….