Spring - 春天 - Chūntiān
equal shares of night and day-
Earth begins to thaw,
blooms sprout from decay;
the wanderer revels in a clear path,
the one which must be walked, alone.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
At the time of equinox, when day and night are briefly equal, the sun gives signal that spring has begun, the increasing of light, and the return of life from the frozen ground.
This day is but a moment in time, but no matter how many Springs you have seen, the current Spring is the most joyous. With the realization that Spring has come, you also know that Summer will soon follow. The cycle will continue in succession regardless of your wishes or desires. Nature will not allow for stasis, time does not stop because we stop paying attention. It is all a continuum. Nature makes it own concordances as an outgrowth of its movements; we merely see the structure and give names to its patterns.
Who can begrudge the solitary traveler for his temporary pleasures? Let us go out and enjoy the day, reveling in the coming Spring, rejoicing that warmth has arrived. For though the ground may still hold a layer of frost, movement and growth has already begun beneath our notice. An onslaught of beauty would overfill our eyes, and leave us drunken from sensation. As we wander the slopes of slowly melting mountains and wade through the streams of run-off, let us take comfort in the clean air, being part of nature. For life already has enough misery and misfortune. Philosophy gives a reminder of the transience of life. Go out, find Nature's ephemeral charm, and let it silence all those who object.