This month, Sandi Pray takes us on a journey into the gloomy world of melancholy – that feeling of insidious sadness with no obvious cause. Sometimes in our lives, we are caught up in feelings of sorrow for no reason. They can be triggered by a memory, a piece of music, a period of isolation, or just a feeling. Whatever causes it, it is part of being human, and Pray presents a collection that gives us pause to reflect on our own lives as well as the lives, and doldrums, of others.
the taste of melancholy . . .
‘A feeling of thoughtful sadness.’
– Princeton University
on a bare branch
a crow is perched
– Matsuo Basho
Who among us has not had these moments – the aftertaste of loss, loneliness, illness, aging, regret or a night bird’s cry? Haiku has given us a way to touch, to see, to feel, to taste the thought of sadness with very few words.
Throughout history poets, like the ones showcased in this month’s per diem, have helped us know that alone . . we are not alone. I hope you enjoy the collection.
– Sandi Pray