summer wishes

Going deep,

I enter the pathway

of the god –

where transcendent, above all

in the wind of the pines. 

~Saigyo (S Carter, Haiku before Haiku)


passing through

No grieving!

Our waking world, too,

is a spring dream. 

~Oka Kosetsu (S Carter, Haiku Before Haiku)


idle thoughts

Color of the flower

Has already faded away,

While in idle thoughts

My life passes vainly by,

As I watch the long rains fall. 

~Ono no Komachi


thursday’s special: vernal

just being alive


and the poppy

~Issa (


“We humans have talented artist, but how can our paintings compare to your masterpiece of the four seasons? How could we ever paint such a compelling dawn or create a more radiant dust? We have great composers, but how can our music compare to your celestial harmony with the Sun and planets-or to the sound of the rising tide? We have great heroes and heroines who have endured wars, hardship, and dangerous voyages, but how can their bravery compare to your great forbearance and patience…” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth

submitted in response to Lost in Translation’s photo challenge.