Oxford Soto Zen

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

Look!  The dried rice cakes at the end of the verandah --
the uguisi is pooping on them!  -  Basho

Spider spun her web
outside my kitchen window
while I washed the dishes.  - Anne Steel, July 2020

The saint hospital at summer dawn
Given a baby  - Yamaguchi Seishi

This life as human
Embracing morning sorrow
Sunlight through the blinds  - Gen Ju Reithel, July 2020

A fish went deeper
I followed it with my eyes
Yes, it was alive   -   Wassily Kandinsky

His death broke the sky
While his life was a gospel:
_____ - _____*, my mentor.
(*fill in the blanks with two syllables, such as
"Buddha," "Jesus," "Stuarrt," etc.)
                                  -  Kido Listenbee, July 2020

With a bit of madness in me, which is poetry,
I plod along like Chikusai
Among the wails of the wind.   - Basho

"Roll, thunder! Pour, rain!
Crash, lightning! Lord, such a storm!"
Laughs the old lady.     -  Anne Steel, June 2020

The clear day in the rainy season.
The madder red of the twilight appeared and vanished instantly.
  -  Takahama Kyoshi

Now relaxing cupped hands in the water ease
Fully finding its way through countless grains of sand
Vanished!   - Gen Ju Reithel, June 2020

Hold out your hand and
Attach yourself to nothing
Stretch past these three worlds - Taisen Deshimaru

From this monk's retreat
Compassion flows unhampered
Through caves of my heart - Kido Listenbee, June 2020

It was with awe that I beheld
Fresh leaves, green leaves
Bright in the sun  -  Basho

Tulip poplar leaves
Danced in the unseen breeze then
Returned to stillness  -  Anne Steel, May 2020

Where there are humans
You'll find fleas
And Buddha  - Kobayashi Issa

A dripping faucet
Unfurling incense
Let go that marking mind
And call the plumber. -  Vicki Reithel, May 2020

Now the thunder rolls
Don't lean your head toward your joy
Who led you deeper?  -  Kandinsky

In isolation
She became her own doctor
Sans squeamishness, fear  -  Kido Listenbee, May 2020


·      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.