|Peak cherry blossoms flowering in Washington, D.C.|
Using the classic cherry blossoms as the example - there is a moment, upon looking at them, that one is struck with their fleeting, poignant grace. It is a moment of both beauty and pain. It is a moment out of the self, when we connect with all things. It only lasts until we perceive or scrutinize it, and then it is gone.
So Prompt #1 is this: Write a poem that reflects a moment from your life in which you encountered mono no aware. You can consider why it is painful, what makes it fleeting, how it brings you out of yourself into the larger universe, or any other aspects of the phrase with which you are familiar.
If you want something more specific, try writing this moment in the classic form of a haiku.
Of course you can also try what I'm doing, and that is to express this moment through a speculative theme like science fiction, fantasy, or horror.
Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute and
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credit: My pic of peak blossoms from around the lake in Washington, D.C.