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On The Rough Road

Several months ago, I followed a month long haiku prompt list at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai based on Basho’s travelogue “Oku no Hosomichi”, hosted by  Kristjaan Panneman.  42 more words



Clouds come from time to time
and bring to me a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.

- Matsuo Basho

Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt

Self doubt

Searching through old blog posts I wade through layers of crap to find posts I don’t remember writing that actually say something interesting.

While reading a book on Basho  –      91 more words


What makes a good haiga?

I’ve been thinking about what makes a good haiga.

“Haiga, like haiku itself, became a major form of artistic expression with Matsuo Basho (1644–1694). His modest paintings do not seek to impress viewers with technical prowess, bright colors, or bold brushwork, but they set the tone for most haiga that was to follow.

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Haiku and Nature

‘Basho’s style of haiku was formulated by others over the years. His fundamentals  include: sabi (detached loneliness), wabi (poverty of spirit), hosomi (slenderness, sparseness), shiori (tenderness), sokkyo (spontaneity), makoto (sincerity), fuga (elegance), karumi (simplicity), kyakkan byosha (objectivity), and shiZen to hitotsu ni naru (oneness with nature). 118 more words


Inspired by Basho

washing my feet
I fall asleep for the short night
with my clothes on


Basho wrote this haiku about the short night of the summer solstice.   296 more words


Detachment and Writing Haiku

When writing haiku Basho advocated a detached state of mind –

‘Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo.   80 more words