Oxford Soto Zen

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

Year's end

All corners of this floating world

Swept  -  Basho

Raindrops like pearls gleam

from twig-ends, off'ring light for

the new year's birthing.  -  Anne Steel, January 2021

stone before stone buddha  -  Karma Tenzing Wangchuk


Acorn strikes the roof
The rolling outlines the form
Seen and unseen meet  -  Gen-ju Reithel, January, 2021

Clouds come from time to time
And bring to us a chance to rest
From looking at the moon  -  Basho

Cardinal hen pecks withered beauty-berries in  the
slow-returning sun  -  Kido Listenbee, January 2021

The sound of rain
On the sound of waves  -  Elizabeth Searle Lamb

Clear sky above us
Who cares if the pool is cold?
For now, sweep the leaves.  -  Gen Ju Reithel, December 2020

Snow fallen on snow
And this evening the full moon in November  -  Basho

This last November day
Snow flakes swirl with sudden mirth at their rebirth  -  Anne Steel December, 2020

Enough new ghosts to mourn any war,
And a lone old grief-stricken man.  -  Du Fu

Curtain of black gauze now back-lit:
A sign of hope the plague is ending.  -   Kido Listenbee, December 2020

The winds that blow --
Ask them, which leaf of the tree
will be next to go!   -   Soseki

Fallen leaf dances across the road
Wind-enlivened, moon-enlightened. 
   -  Kido Listenbee, November 2020

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

Driving dirt road after dark
Empty beer cans shine like full moons. 
   -   Do Ja Tenjin Williams,  November 2020

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


·      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.