Oxford Soto Zen

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

On a branch floating downriver
A cricket singing  -  Issa

Full moon gratitude
As a river kinhin steps
Birthday glow is here  -  Gen Ju Reithel, October 2020

Our lives are like the plants floating along the river's edge
Illumined by the moon  -  Ryokan

Grief is a country peopled with presence
Constant, resourceful, alive  -  Kido Listenbee, October 2020

The baby swallows
Make way make way
The horse is going to pass along  -  Issa

Form interrupts form
Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump
Shoes left in the rain.  - Gen Ju Reithel, September 2020

The first winter rain,
And my name shall be called "Traveller."  -  Basho

Family, song, three notes
Sigh of satisfaction
Nothing more to say  -  Anne Steel, September 2020

Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar cracking
from the ice  -  Bassho

Barking dog wakes  you
from warmth when tree brushes window  -  Do Ja Williams, September 2020

Oh, don't mistreat the fly!
He wrings his hands!  He wrings his feet!  -  Issa

As I walk my path
Stepping stones give way to grass
Which tiny bugs climb.  -  Kido Listenbee, September 2020

Midnight - no waves, no wind
The empty boat is flooded with moonlight.  -  Dogen

Dawn slithers in among long-leaf pines
Under cover of darkness  - Do Ja Tenjin Williams, August 2020

I heard the unblown flute
In the deep summer shadows
Of the Temple of Sumatra  -  Bassho

Goldfinches pluck seeds from our feeder
With no thoughts of please or thank you  -  Anne Steele, August, 2020

A world of dew
And within every dewdrop
A world of struggle  -  Kobayashi Issa

Tail of the tiger
Leaf upon leaf upon leaf
Each shadow a stripe  -  Gen Ju Reithel, August 2020

Not much to offer:
A lotus flower floating
In a water-bowl.  -  Ryokan

Wheels crunch on gravel
Her memory still is sound
Someone's coming home.  -  Kido Listenbee, August 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, plus the following two months.



·      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.