Now and then,
Every man finds himself lost
Surrounded by a very soft and lovely silver rain
The idea of an “every man” is a pseudonym, a connection of mankind in general and the individual in particular. It is of course a paradox. We are related and we are distinct. We see and experience the world through a unique set of eyes and experiences, yet there exists a commonality in our lives. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
I would say, not sad, but lonely, lost in a lovely silver rain.
In traditional Japanese writing, haiku is written in a single vertical line. Each Japanese character falling softly like the gentle rain upon the listener’s ear.
Haiku should be brief. Often, it contains a symbol that is kigo, a reference to ths seasons and a reminder that we are connected to nature and that time is fleeting. The haiku must contain a kireji, a word that indicates emotion such as wonder. In English verse one might write it as single line.
I am lost in a very soft and lovely silver rain.