Saturday, May 30, 2009


Do not seek to follow
in the footsteps of the men of old;
seek what they sought.

An autumn night...
don't think your life,
didn't matter.

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower;
there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
Twilight is silent
behind the raucousness of
the cockatoo flock.

Friday, May 29, 2009


back to sleep
at dawn -
outside, the birds
only know the morning


spring in Seattle -
the white side of leaves
showing in the wind

Uejima Onitsura 1660-1738

To finally know the plum,
use the whole heart too,
and your own nose

A voiceless flower
speaks to the obedient
in-listening ear

Silent the garden
where the camellia-tree
opens its whiteness
the water fountain
has ceased -
autumn leaves rustle above

before leaving
to teach,
the rain begins

amongst pine trees,
a metal pole
is slanted


Winter Haiku

Denuded branches -
roots seeking the sustenance
of the quiet sky.