Oxford Soto Zen

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

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

A world of dew
And within every dewdrop a world of struggle.  -  Issa

"Which is the way to Mt. Wutai?"
The old woman said, "Right straight ahead."  -  Anne Steel, June 2019

Rainy season passed:
I go out into green fields,
Zephyrs everywhere.  -  Ryokan

What is a teacher
But a flawed human being,
A clear conduit?  -  Kido, June 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.