Considering mono no aware, paper whites and climbing roses.

Last week's casual collection of paper whites and small climbing roses have arrived at that interesting and indeterminate state of crumpled beauty, the rose colours are more intense, the brittle petals of the jonquils more transparent, the distortions of dehydration more intriguing in form. It only occurred to me after looking at the vertical date, suggesting  Japanese characters, that this evokes that quality mono no aware - the pleasingly melanchy of contemplating fading beauty,  or is mono no aware the heightened beauty of what soon will be gone?

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