Thank you so much for joining special session, At Grass. Prof. Takahashi gave us his comment after reading IF visitors’ comments.
As is already pointed out, the contrast of light and shadow is effective in the poem.
It can be said that this contrast seems to correspond to that of the past and the present.
Interestingly, the past is here represented (too) brightly or loudly in a way, compared to the present, which is wrapped in silence and vagueness.
This is paradoxical and ironical because we usually find the present more vivid, feeling the past is gradually but always fading away.
What is also interesting is the gesture of the horses: ‘They shake their heads’.
Do they mean ‘no’ to the question, ‘Do memory plague their ears like flies?’, or do they just try to keep off the flies?
This is ambiguous, but I don’t know whether we can tell which is the case.
Perhaps both are correct. Their gesture may have a double meaning, as is often the case with our gestures.
Reading a poem sometimes reminds us that our life is full of ambiguities, ironies and paradoxes, and I believe this is not a bad thing at all.