Oxford Soto Zen

SKY-HAIKU.  If you are interested in joining OSZ's online Haiku club, see instructions at the bottom of this page.

Enough new ghosts to mourn any war,
And a lone old grief-stricken man.  -  Du Fu

Curtain of black gauze now back-lit:
A sign of hope the plague is ending.  -   Kido Listenbee, December 2020

The winds that blow --
Ask them, which leaf of the tree
will be next to go!   -   Soseki

Fallen leaf dances across the road
Wind-enlivened, moon-enlightened. 
   -  Kido Listenbee, November 2020

No waves no wind
The empty boat is flooded with moonlight.   -   Dogen

Driving dirt road after dark
Empty beer cans shine like full moons. 
   -   Do Ja Tenjin Williams,  November 2020

On a branch floating downriver
A cricket singing  -  Issa

Full moon gratitude
As a river kinhin steps
Birthday glow is here  -  Gen Ju Reithel, October 2020

Our lives are like the plants floating along the river's edge
Illumined by the moon  -  Ryokan

Grief is a country peopled with presence
Constant, resourceful, alive  -  Kido Listenbee, October 2020

The baby swallows
Make way make way
The horse is going to pass along  -  Issa

Form interrupts form
Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump
Shoes left in the rain.  - Gen Ju Reithel, September 2020

The first winter rain,
And my name shall be called "Traveller."  -  Basho

Family, song, three notes
Sigh of satisfaction
Nothing more to say  -  Anne Steel, September 2020

Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar cracking
from the ice  -  Bassho

Barking dog wakes  you
from warmth when tree brushes window  -  Do Ja Williams, September 2020

Oh, don't mistreat the fly!
He wrings his hands!  He wrings his feet!  -  Issa

As I walk my path
Stepping stones give way to grass
Which tiny bugs climb.  -  Kido Listenbee, September 2020


·      Submit two haiku per month - no more.

o   Email them to Kido kido@flestates.net

§  The first one should be one of your favorites by a classic poet;

§  the second one - which is optional - is your own original work. 

o   No titles nor contextual material will be posted: the poem must speak for itself. 

o   Each pair of poems will stay up for the month of its submission, plus the following two months.



·      All these requirements help us practice a kind of zen discipline of economy and restraint, and help us to appreciate the wisdom of impermanence.

·      If you submit more than one original per month, Kido will post the first one she reads. 

o   She wants to be a conduit, not a curator.


Please visit www.oxford-soto-zen.org several days after submission to see yours and others' postings.