Haiku Mind

HAIKU MIND…..

From:  “108 P0EMS TO CULTIVATE AWARENESS

AND OPEN YOUR HEART” by Patricia Donegan.

I have had this book for a number of years and didn’t really attend to it.  Now?  It is source of comfort and wisdom and not just for a particular time.  Most reading this post know about haiku, and many more know the poets inside.  Pat Donegqan weaves a wonderful book on haiku, with modern (Ginsberg) haiku poets and the ancients that most haiku poets cut their teeth on…Basho, Issa, Bucon, too many to list here.  What is even better, each haiku is written for an emotion, or an action, like listening, sorrow, etc.  In some of the poems, they seem strange until we look deeper.  Each has a universality that responds to our own heart.

TRANSIENCE

Summer grasses—-

All that remains

Of warriors’ dreams

                  …..Basho

FORGETTING THE SELF

Rouged lips

Forgotten—–

Clear spring water

                         ….Chiyo-ni

ILLNESS AND EMOTIONS….

As my anger ebbs

The spring stars grow bright again

And the wind returns.

                           ….Richard Wright

SIMPLICITY….

This spring in my hut

There is nothing

There is everything

                  ….Sodo Yamaguchi

Co-Emergent wisdom

After the rain

Bomb craters

Filled with stars

                 …..John Brandi

PARODOX…..

Picked by an old woman’s hand

Herbs green and growing.

                          …..Soen Nakagawa

And my personal favorite….

   Sorrow……     

This world of dew

Is a world of dew

And yet……

              ISSA   

There are too many beautiful haiku in this book.  And the backstory, history of each poet is beautifully detailed.

Published by Shambhala Press.

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