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Poet Angel Aranda is the author of Mono No Aware: A Poem For A Transient Being Called Love. This poem/book illustrates young love that survives both time and distance. "Mono no aware" is a Japanese term meaning sensitivity to things. The term expresses “nothing lasts forever.” It is a way of expressing sadness that life is constantly changing, nothing stays the same. In the introduction, the author compares young love to a cherry blossom. “Like the cherry trees opening their blossoms, bursting with sentimental beauty, one can sense light, the emotions of fragrant kisses, forever is in every moment and life is a melody.” The author continues to explain the term by reminding readers that love does not diminish when the blossoms wilt and fade; love grows as we realize the privilege of experiencing the beauty of ever changing nature.
If I correctly interpret these beautiful lyrics, the youth is a mere thirteen when the strings of love stir within the heart. It was love at first sight. They were brought together by the universe and they knew the stars were created just to shine down on them. The lovers must part and they long for the day they will be reunited. They continue to express their love through letters and they express their longing to be reunited. When at last they are together, they realize that their dreams of love may not have been real.
Mono No Aware: A Poem For A Transient Being Called Love is a beautiful, moving work of art. I find it amazing that mere words can so expressively illustrate young love and a broken heart. Author/Poet Angel Aranda is very talented.