Oxford Soto Zen

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

When necessary,

I played with the lion, but

When not, I left it.  -  Ungan

Cardinals courting,

Roadside, suddenly fly to

Two separate trees.  -  Kido LIstenbee, June-July, 2021

Lighting one candle

With another candle --

Spring evening.  -  Buson

The full moon rested

Early morning on the

Roof of our house.  -  Anne Steel, June-July 2021

Taking a nap,

Feet planted

Against a cool wall  -  Basho

Resting in the vase

The silence of the blossom

Calling out to life  -  Gen Ju Reithel, June-July, 2021

These flowers of the plum -

How red, how red they are.

How red, how red.  -  Izen

Sitting by the lake,

Her restless thoughts settled

By its smooth, serene surface  -  Anne Steel, May 2021

Horse pasture

The prairie wind moves with muscle  -  Chad Lee Robinson

Wind only knows wind

It does not know how to blow

Listen to the chimes  -  Gen Ju Reithel, May 2021

Upon conversion

The first climb over is Mount Suzuka  -  Basho

An artist of earth

with a bulldozer, he now

Rests well in her arms.  -  Kido Listenbee, May 2021

After weeks of watching the roof leak

I fixed it tonight

By moving a single board  --  Gary Snyder

For years she worried

For her boy, 'til one clear day

Saw he was a man  --  Anne Steel, April 2021

Grass, mist rising

not a voice over the water

The day has ended  --  Buson

Patterns dance the wall

Beams traveling from the sun

Your eyes filled with light  --  Gen Ju Reithel, April 2021

In the meadow

The cow's lips

Wet with grass  -  Penny Harter

In passionate seas

May I swim in compassion

Below the surface  -  Kido Listenbee, April 2021

Looking over my shoulder

My behind was covered

In cherry blossoms  -  Allen Ginsberg

White wild pear blossoms

Herald spring's sweet surging sap

And all that follows  -  William Kester, April 2021

In the dark, rainy dawn,

Birds' singing  -  Jack Kerouac


Others bear witness, hold space for what's next.

                                -  William Kester, March 2021

The little girl hangs all the ornaments

On the nearest branch  -  Cor van den Heuvel

Treat old bodies like

Children:  Listen, then ask,

"Show me what you can do!"

                                 -  Kido Listenbee, March 2021

Trickling from

A village child's sleeve

Cherry blossoms  -  Issa

Countless arms and legs

All ways of nurture and hold

The village is one -  Gen Ju Reithel, March 2021

Cry of a hawk,

Cracking ice across the lake --

Enough of my talk  -  Billy Collins

Flakes fall noiselessly.

My ears rest in white silence;

My dark thoughts take wing.  Anne Steel, March 2021

A child's drawing

The ladder to the sun

Only three steps  -  Scott Metz

Biking back at dusk

Last light gathers in the sky

Moon glow brings me home 

                                        -  Gen Ju Reithel, February, 2021

I didn't know

The names of the flowers

And now my garden is gone  -  Allen Ginsberg

Ocean of sky in blue waves gold

Turning toward and away from the sun  

                                         -  Kido Listenbee, February 2021


·      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.