"Zen has an extreme simplicity and the volibility of the Japanese language has been completely overcome in haiku. Simplîcity is what Basho means as he says: "Get a three-foot child to write haîku". As we write haiku with the eyes of a child, which îs still there deep înside us, than the simplicity of haiku is very clear."
Before facebook appeared, a woman from Bulgaria, called Rosi, was a wonderful penpal of mine, in those days of close friendships without 'Like' buttons. I remember the first photograph she sent me that so closely resembles this picture. Our friendship was long-lasting, quite pure in many ways, and simple, and not over-dressed or perfumed. We wrote up to five, sometimes more long emails per day, for years. We expressed ourselves with joy at each email, and I don't think there was a subject we did not discuss. She was perhaps the greatest influence on my book, Winner Takes Nothing.
I often think of contacting her again. Its been a while since our last correspondence. Maybe I should. Maybe this post has made me realise I need to. Its too difficult to go on without friends we used to always have around us, even if they live far away.
Cinnamon Rose, I miss you.
on the beach
sound painted by waves
art is nature
photo by HelloImScott