Oxford Soto Zen

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

In the sun of a cold winter day
My shadow had frozen stiff on horseback - Basho

Awareness wakens and gratitude swells
From the blow of compassion -  Anne Steel, November 2019

Oh that harvest moon!
It made me go wandering
All night long.  -  Basho

The road gets rougher
As clouds part and the air melts
Into Mis'sippi.  -  Kido Listenbee, November 2019

Why am I aging so this autumn?
A bird flying into the clouds.  -  Basho

The prisoner tends flamboyant orange sunflowers
in his assigned plot.  -  Anne Steel, October 2019

Reciting sutras is like frogs in the spring rice paddy
Croaking all day and night.  -  Dogen

The quarter moon is behind the maple tree;
Go outside and look again.  -  Do Ja Williams, October 2019

A flower falling
This self an unfortunate old self enrobing.  -  Basho

River wisdom flows; now pooling, again leaping
Sparkling to the sea.  - Kido Listenbee, October 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.