Oxford Soto Zen

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

All along this road
Not a single soul - only autumn evening - Basho

Cutting tall grasses and digging weeds
Until the ditch is full of ditch - Doja Tenjin Williams, January 2020

Trusting the Buddha, good and bad,

I bid farewell to the departing year. - Issa

Pine, bamboo and plum

thrive in harshest winter; I strive to learn from them.

                                    -  Anne Steel, January 2020


Parting fog on wind barren meadows

Birth of a lamb.  -  Jane Reichhold

Howling coyotes!

And still our little kitty wants to go outside. - Kido Listenbee, - January, 2020

He who appears before you now

Is the Toad of this Thicket - Issa

A car crashes.  A friend dies.

Sangha silence - Kuya Minogue, December 2019

For that brief moment when the fire-fly went out

O the lonely darkness - Hokushi

First sleet of winter

Jingles hitting the red maple tree blocks out

the wail of sirens - Do Ja Williams, December 2019

When I think, "MY snow!"

Snow flakes weigh nearly nothing on my wooly hat - Kikaku

This banana bread -  always the same recipe

Yet tastes different - Kido Listenbee, December, 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.