Oxford Soto Zen

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

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

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


·      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.