Catching Sunlight

I was reminded recently of how beauty can still be found in the landscape even after it’s turned brown with the season. I was driving after three o’clock, and the sun was well on its way to setting and its light coming in at a severe angle. On the other side of rice fields, now nothing but bare soil, I saw something glowing–a row of uncut susuki grass as tall as a person and dried so that the wind moving through it sounded like a long shushing. The seed heads of susuki grass had grown fluffy and long and were now bowing beneath their own weight. They caught the sunlight and held it, and it was they that glowed and caught my eye as shadows fell from the mountains.

日光を捕らえて

季節の変化で茶色になった後でさえ、景色の中に美しさは見つけられると、最近気付かされた。3時過ぎに車を運転していた。太陽は沈む途中にあり、日光は急な角度から差していた。剥き出しになった土しかない田んぼの向こう側に、何か輝いているものが見えた。人の背丈ほどに伸び放題のススキの列が、乾燥しているため風が通り抜けると「シーッ」という音を響かせた。ススキの穂はフワフワとして長くなり、自らの重みで垂れていた。その穂が日光を捕らえて保持していた。輝いていたのはススキの穂で、それが僕の目に留まったのは、山が影を落とした時だった。

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