Edward Shaw 萧宽志
【Coconut Forest Dance】
One afternoon in early autumn, I had thesudden urge to go out to my backyard to enjoy my newly purchased outdoorfurniture. There was no sunshine though, yet I still felt comfortable sittingthere. I watched the palm trees behind me and heard the winds blow at theleaves of the coconut trees, making rustling sounds. It seemed as if thesecoconut leaves were dancing along with the wind. If these trees grew too high,the swaying of the leave would not be as easy to see. They were now coming tomy eye level, so I was easily able to see them in front of me, dancing andswaying in the wind. Seeing that they were so free and playful allowed me toenjoy the sight of nature's beautiful gifts.
This music has a feeling of whirlingabout and dancing in rhythm. It feels like a wind blowing back and forth,swaying the trees. I gave this music the name "Coconut Forest Dance". In fact, at my house there are only six coconut trees. However, two trees area jungle and three are a forest, so, of course, what I have is a coconutforest. There are some more trees further away, but these six in front of meare what I can see. "Coconut Forest Dance" was inspired by looking atthem dancing in my backyard and the rustle of their leaves dancing.
Life is like the dancing of thecoconut leaves. Sometimes, we may not want to do things, yet we must, and, whenwe do, we must do it happily. Coconut trees are themselves immobile, but whenthe wind blows the wise leaves of the coconut must follow in dance. Theseleaves and branches are not easily broken, but if they were to not bend withthe wind they might break off. People do not have to bend with the environment, the wind that pushed you, let you move, you should expressyourself happily, if there was dynamic and thrust, you move on well; if therewas no wind, you rest quietly, this is an art of life.
Though humans are, as beings, aboveother living organisms, when people have decided that they will be intractable,they are worse than the coconut trees in our backyard. When people take thingstoo harshly, they become resistant to change and may be stuck in a state ofsuffering for a long time. The coconut trees dance in our presence and restwhen we are away; they are shield by their leaves from the sun. Adapting wellto an environment is called survival of the fittest. Though people are welleducated in these theories, the trees are not; still, the trees know how toadapt to their environment in order to live out their life cycles.
People may also do like the coconuttree. I remember that my hometown in Taiwan had many kinds of coconut tree.Some have been cut shorter so that it is easier to reach the coconuts. When thetyphoons come, the leaves of the trees swing all over the place. If there istoo much wind, the leaves will tear up and the tree will not bear fruit. Still,the tree itself is very strong and is supported by the fibers in the trunk,even while being thrown about by harsh weather conditions. When I was young, Ienjoyed watching the dancing and swaying of these coconut trees, and Iespecially enjoyed planting dozens of the trees. I like drinking coconut water,and I used to drink from coconuts all the time. When I had more money and triedto buy the drink, I found that it was very expensive. There are inspirationsfor life that can found in coconut trees because they will tell you if windsare coming and will tell you where the wind is blowing and from whichdirection. In this way, coconut trees are able to make life more enjoyable.
The title of “Coconut Forest Dance”refers to the dancing and swaying of these coconut trees in the wind. It is mygreatest hope that we can embody the spirit of the coconut trees and be able toadapt to any environment. When fast winds are driving and in poor conditions,you should be able to adapt and dance, jump with joy, and be happy at heart. Ifyou can do this, life will be joyful. It is not easy to be defeated by theenvironment if you do this because you will be filled with vitality and joyousenergy.