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forestbather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colours

 

under the rainbow

multi-coloured shadows

white is the hottest

 

 

 

 

 

 

At The Beach

 

 

under umbrellas

swans wait for the rain to stop

-empty plastic bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com

Showers

 

 

A tear meandering dramatically down a cheek

Is such an inefficient way to water colourful flowers

Let them wait for a rainy day instead

Yemen

 

 

no food

not one raindrop

only bombs

 

 

Into the Dark Dark Night

 

only time can tell

if broken hearts ever heal-

the lost honeybird

 

 

 

Source: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com

Bang Bang

only the hunter

wants the ducks to depart

for winter

Sun Rays

 

 

 

Some time ago I decided I don't much like goodbyes anymore

So why don't you stay a little while longer, here in front of the fire

At least until the sun rises again next spring

 

Zen

 

 

 

 

 

only the road-

zen becomes easy

to understand

 

 

 

 

 

The Forest

 

 

 

 

 

inside the acorn

all the knowledge of

the forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com

Breeze

 

 

if the morning breeze

cannot comfort me

what can?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghazal

 

Blood splattered jeans ripped at the seams and the sand blows

After the explosions between more to come still the sand blows

 

And through the trees where the blossoms will come some day

He dreams of pleasant things and lips waiting but the sand blows

 

Not even the hardest words heard are like rockets or like missiles 

Bullets they come and they go and some stay and the sand blows

 

Your name has been whispered high up across the mountains 

And deep in the hearts of brave lonely men while the sand blows

 

Yet it is I a mere forestbather who reads paths through tall trees

Left to record stories of love never consumed for the sand blows

Sweet Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

veiled

her rose, her beautiful treasure

my pleasure

her fragrance luring, beguiling

tantalizing, yet her taste, veiled

Onsen

The last post in February on behalf of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai website, (link found below). and the theme is Onsen, the Japanese communal baths, carried out nude of course.

 

A country where people strip off to bathe or sit in steam rooms together always has a favourable edge to me. The naturist beaches of Croatia give the same flavour, one I enjoyed a few decades ago, meeting traveling people from Greece, Germany, Argentina, Hungary and Korea. There is something fun about removing clothes as a group with total strangers, though all with the common goal of travelling and experiencing.

 

And so I thought I would make the final post of February for CDHK one with a splash, so to speak, even if not quite a topical one...

 

 

 

in the company

of those just met on the road

I bare my soul

 

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Source: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com

Let Children Play

 

 

let the children play

as long as possible

on the mountain

before they get sucked in

to slave down in the city

Noble Warrior

 

 

noble Masai warrior

who walks from sunrise

across the savannah

all the way to a setting sun

miles and dreams

 

Haiku and the Absence of Jehovah

 

One of the abberations of Christianity is a main tennent of the faith: good vs evil. There is a fatal flaw in this incredibly simplistic view of things. First of all, it is totally at odds with the workings of nature, and secondly it promotes absolutism.

 

But the main issue with this cause and effect dichtonomy is not the weakness of it's philosophy, but it's results: without a doubt, the concept of good vs evil leads to war. To be exact it leads to many wars and has done so.

 

Jacques Chirac, president of France during the absurd 'freedom fries' era of he US- instigated and led invasion of Iraq often referred to a meeting with George W Bush and sidekick Dick Cheney, where two tried to press on him the apparent Biblical justifications for going to war against the 'Beast,' Sadam Hussain. He was on the plane to Paris as quick as he could be.

 

The concept of good and evil comes from the Middle East, and was first outlined by Zoroastriansm, up to a thousand years before Christianity.

 

Thankfully this dull doctrine is absent from haiku ethos, despite what are said to be connections between haiku and Buddhism, for Buddhism is represented also in Māra, a dark force. 

 

In fact haiku's philosophical roots are more likely traceable to Shintoism and Confucism, and perhaps to the Estonian Maausk religion, rather than any others. This absence of "lecturing" in haiku is one of the things that give it special appeal.

 

 

 

 

fresh morning snow

her buds full and flushed

ah the devil in me!