CHERRY BLOSSOMS


Spring awakened

only nine days and look

these fields and mountains

BASHO

Spring

a hill without a name

veiled in morning fog

BASHO

Spring sun

in every pool of water —

lingering

ISSA

Flower petals

set the mountain in motion —

cherry blossoms

HOITSU

Spring passes —

the last reluctant

cherry blossoms

BUSON

Misty day —

they might be gossiping

horses in the field

ISSA

Not in a hurry

to blossom —

plum tree at my gate

ISSA

Where there are people

there are flies, and

there are Buddhas

ISSA

Foolishly, in the dark

he grabs a thorn

hunting fireflies

BASHO

A Japanese haiku is a microcosm composed of 17 syllables in 3 phrases 5-7-5. Within this limited verse haiku poets are able to express a great variety of feelings and thoughts at times catching the glimpse of eternity through the commonplace. Like the literary associations, the social context of haiku extends the richness of meaning of these brief poems. The strength of Haiku is their ability to suggest and evoke rather then merely to describe.

Zen’s insistence on enlightenment of the ordinary world at the present moment, right here, right now, has both mirrored and influences the haiku spirit. Every poem is located both in nature and time and offers not the idea of experience but the experience itself.

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