Oxford Soto Zen

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

Coming home at last at the end of the year
I wept to find my old umbilical cord.  -  Basho

Please don't ever think anything is out of place
Let loneliness be.  -  Anne Steel, September 2019

The lamp once out
Cool stars enter the window frame  -  Natsume Soseki

When the lap becomes one lap
You attend each other like the newly born  - Vicki Reithel, September 2019


The thief left it behind
The moon at the window.  -  Ryoken

Sweet gum tree
Holds ten thousand stars awaiting frost  -  Do Ja Williams, September 2019


Oh snail, climb Mt. Fuji
But slowly, slowly  -  Issa

These trappings, while mere imitations,
May still remind us of his gifts.  -  Kido Listenbee, September 2019


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



SKY HAIKU GUIDELINES

·      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.

 

NOTES:

·      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.