Haiku – Basho and Ryokan

Liang ka’i painting, 13th Century

On rainy days
The monk Ryokan
Feels sorry for himself

The sound of the scouring
Of the saucepan blends
With the tree-frog’s voices.

The wind brings
Fallen leaves enough
To make a fire.

The thief
Left in Behind –
The moon at the window.

A fallen flower
Returning to the branch
It was a butterfly.

You light the fire;
I’ll show you something nice –
A great ball of snow!

Mu Ch’i Painting,13th Century – Guanyin, Monkeys, and Crane

The long night;
The sound of the water
Says what I think.

The stars on the pond;
Again the winter shower
Ruffles the water.

In the dark forest
A berry drops:
The sound of water.

A brushwood gate,
And for a lock –
This snail.

5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Awareness said,

    Love Ryokan πŸ™‚

    • 2

      leroywatson4 said,

      Oh yes. Love the new look and the majestic eagle. I hardly recognised you! Your message is strong and true, enlightenment is within everything and everyone, every city street and every falling leaf. Peace and Joy, lee

  2. 3

    Jeremy Nathan Marks said,

    I absolutely love this, especially this stanza:

    In the dark forest
    A berry drops:
    The sound of water.

    In fact, I’m going to reblog this. πŸ™‚

    • 4

      leroywatson4 said,

      It is so evocative of deep rooted natural peace. They teach me to move close, be at one, with the truth within nature. I am fortunate to live in an area surrounded by abundant natural beauty. Peace, lee

  3. 5

    Jeremy Nathan Marks said,

    Reblogged this on The Sand County and commented:
    This combination of poetry and paintings is exquisite. And what I especially love is how I am literally transported by these words.

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