Flowing Winter Stream #2

Flowing winter stream – Creates its own instruments – and plays its own hymns. – a haiku poem

Poetry of the Tao (Flowing Winter Stream #1)

Flowing winter stream – A sculpter and musician – Poetry of the Tao. – a haiku poem

Kerala’s Whisper

Always in motion – Kerala rarely whispers – Save above the trees. – a haiku poem

Humanity’s Order

Humanity’s order – Of that beyond arm’s reach – It cannot matter – Opposite the rows of life lined up – Into each one some rain falls. –…

Ashiyu (Foot Bath)

Sitting together – In the rooftop ashiyu* – Her foot touches mine. -a senryu poem *ashi yu literally translates to “foot bath”. Shallow foot baths in Japan are…

A Mother Paces

A mother paces – She knew it could come to this – Mourning for her son – Couldn’t he at least respond – To the text she sent…

Autumn Leaves on Moss

Old stones rest on soil – Green moss finds its roots in stone – Autumn leaves on moss. – a haiku poem

Dew Drops on Flowers

Dew drops on flowers – Scattered across the petals – See beyond one view. – a haiku poem

Light Still in Shadow

Sunstream wildflower – Aren’t we moving not the shore? – Light still in shadow. – a haiku poem

A Bright Midday Sun

She reached my shoulder – After dark weeks underground – A bright midday sun. – a returning haiku poem

A Kamoshika

A Kamoshika Surrounded by green bamboo Spontaneity Reflected within its eyes Expressionless, the still moon – a tanka poem

A Dog Gladly Leaves

A dog gladly leaves To walk in the winter woods His spot in the sun. -a haiku poem

Adrift Not Drifting

Cascading downhill Floating in shifting tension Adrift not drifting. – a haiku poem

One Form of Nothingness

The clouds in between Take each other’s shape Snowflakes with the wind. – a five syllable mountain poem

Winter River

The winter river Flowing in three dimensions Ice over water. – a haiku poem

Frozen Evergreens

Frozen evergreens Resolute in the valley Bowed branches supple. Wind howls above the mountain. Water flows beneath the snow. – a tanka poem

Frozen Way

Icy winter road Secure footing one moment Then a mad scramble. – a haiku poem 

Across the Tao

Across the snowfield A gentle breeze moves a leaf The wind shakes a tree. – a haiku poem

Amber Hydrangea 

Amber hydrangea – The whole universe within – Captured but uncaught. – a haiku poem

Over in Sunlight

Pop autumn fireworks – Burst on the ground, morning frost – Over in sunlight – Tomorrow nearly the same – Until dew rests on snowfall – a tanka…

Nature’s Vacuum

Oil refined sunshine – Burns seashore infrastructure – We’ve filled the vacuum – As one abhorred by nature – Bird sand and wind grass – Come grey concrete…

Kotobuki-cho

Kotobuki-cho – Another countless winter – But first today’s meal. – a haiku poem Each week the lunch program at Kotobuki-koen provides over 600 servings of nutritious food…

Autumn Susuki Grass A

Autumn susuki grass – Held in silent sunlight – One glance and there you are. – a six syllable mountain poem

Cobblestones Between Boutiques

There is nothing there – Cobblestones between boutiques – The wind, dust, and sand – a haiku poem

Full of Possibility

Autumn gingko leaves – Full of possibility – Once they touch the ground. – a haiku poem

Downtown Shibuya

Downtown Shibuya – Bright lights beneath the sunset – Light is light is light. – an urban haiku poem

Zen Grave

A Zen grave headstone – Stands in testimonial – To what I’m unsure. -a haiku poem

Americana

Somehow long lasting – In face of modern day woes – Americana. Shootings hold no nostalgia – Ignorance casts no light. – a tanka protest poem

Shadows Shiver

On the mountainside color jumps in the sunlight but shadows shiver. – a haiku poem

Clouds Brush

Clouds brush the ridgeline – Obscuring and revealing – Indiscriminate. – a haiku poem