Oxford Soto Zen

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

The tree's been cut down and now the dawn breaks early
Through my small window.  -  Masaoka Shiki

Wild living creatures flutter cross eons, oceans,
Crossing county lines.  -  Kido Listenbee, August 2019

Losing its name
A river enters the sea.  -  John Sandbach

Looking out to the vast scene:
The ocean cupping itself.  -  Vicki Reithel, August 2019

Dawn approaching,
The terrier catches a scent in the hedges.  -  John O'Connor

Each day new creatures appear in our yard, now marsh:
We're flooded - with life!  -  Anne Steel, July 2019

I am a drop of salt water thrown up
By the tide to mirror the moon.  -  Kuya Minogue

Even mountains have cracks where the sun shines through,
Caves to heal the heart.  - Kido, July 2019


·      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 and the following month.



·      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.