passing through the world

indeed this is just

a shelter from the shower.

                                      ~Iio Sogi*

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The Classic Tradition of Haiku

Ed. F Bowers

being born

the lowest of the low,

I view cherries at night




The Classic Tradition of Haiku

Ed F Bowers

The beginning of the sustenance of life

Is all in yin and yang.

The limitless can open up

The light of the great limit.

Diligently polished, the mirror of mind

Is bright as the moon;

The universe in a grain

May rise, or it may hide.

                                                   ~Sun Bu-er*



Immortal Sisters

Trans & Ed T. Cleary

Dandelions blooming – three, three, five, five.

     Five, five – yellow.  Three, three – white.

Remembering in a former year I left by this path.





Haiku Master Buson

Trans: Yukisawa and Edith M. Shiffert

fan tucked politely

under her collar: hands busy

picking flowers




The Spring of my Life

Kobayashi Issa

Trans: Sam Hamill


…from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.*


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In Search of Lost Time

Vol I

Swann’s Way

pp 59-60

Marcel Proust

Trans: C.K. Scott Moncrieff