the journey begins

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You can learn about the pine only from the pine, or about the bamboo only from bamboo.  When you see an object, you must leave your subjective pre-occupation with yourself; otherwise you impose yourself on the object, and do not learn.  The object and yourself must become one, and from that feeling of oneness issues your poetry.  However well phrased it may be, if your feeling is not natural—if the object and our self are separate—then your poetry is not true poetry but merely your subjective counterfeit.

~ Basho*

Keith Kenniff is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic music producer. He composes ambient/electronic music under the moniker Helios and post-classical piano music under Goldmund.

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rabbit ears pass

Night of the full moon!

The weather in the north land

Is so uncertain.

                            ~Basho*

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rabbit ears pass

*cited:

The Narrow Road to Oku

Trans: D Keene

autumn eve

None goes along this way but I,

This autumn eve.

                                ~Basho*

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*cited:

A Zen Wave

R Aitken

being seen off…

Now being seen off,

now seeing off – the outcome:

autumn in Kiso.

                            ~Basho*

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*cited:

A Zen Wave

R Atken

 

weekly photo challenge: on the way

On and on I travel;

Though I fall and die, let it be

In fields of clover.

                               ~Basho*

library day
library day

Within The Narrow Road to Oku, Basho shares his journey through prose as well as haiku… which seems to me to fit this week’s photo challenge:  On the Way

*cited:

The Narrow Road to Oku

Trans: D Keene