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Snow has been falling since early morning and a thick layer is covering the snow drop flowers that I could see yesterday in the garden.  So I am sharing some Japanese Haiku to keep us in the awakening energies of spring! The good news is the Robins have returned to Meaford! Spring is here even if it doesn’t look like it today!  Enjoy your day!

Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828) was a Japanese poet and priest. It is said that he wrote more than 20,000 haiku poems in his lifetime. Here are some of his spring haikus.

Every Tree

by Kobayashi Issa

Every tree
With its calling card…
Spring buds.

Spring Peace

by Kobayashi Issa

Spring peace–
After rain, a gang war
Garden sparrows.

Once Again

by Kobayashi Issa

“A world of grief and pain

Flowers bloom
Even then”
― Kobayashi Issa, 

I enjoy writing Haiku ~

 

Spring’s Rhythm

Morning snow falling

below roots stir quietly
with spring’s rhythm

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

“Beloved, come with me

Fly in moments of wonder

Birthing spring’s first love.”

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

Listen to your heart

The truth is in each moment

Dwell not in the past

~Jane Rosalea Brown

 

May love and peace fill your day,

Jane

 

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Most of my writing over the years has come after my meditations.  It is a free flowing writing that does not have form.  It is my inner voice speaking to me and it has been a wonderful way to remember the insights I had during my meditations.

I have joined a poetry group and the poets in this group write some stirring poems.  When I try to write in form, my poems seem a little stiff or forced to me. Then I came across Japanese Haiku.  Basho is a famous Japanese poet and I have some of his poems on my blog and people always love to read them.

So during our recent snow storms, I have been reflecting on spring and I wrote a few Haiku.  Haiku has 5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 syllables in the 2nd and 5 syllables in the 3rd.  Give it a try if you like to write poetry! I think it is fun!

Jane’s Spring Haiku 2018

Cluster of blossoms

Call to the awakening

New birth peeks out

 

Spring snow covers

Still Crocus waits in silence

My impatience grows

 

Buds before blooms

Cherry blossoms soon to grace

Snow tipped branch

 

A promise always

To return to love’s blooming

Upon a spring day

Happy Spring everyone!  We will be celebrating the return of our spring blossoms soon.

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator

USUI Reiki Master, Natural Sound Healing

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Many who visit my blog enjoy reading poetry by Japanese poet Basho. Here is some information about him from Wikipedia.

Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房),[2][3] was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Portrait of Basho by Hkusai, late 18th century

During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no rengaform; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Matsuo Bashō’s poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.

Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, “Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in linking haikai verses.”[4]

Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo) he quickly became well known throughout Japan. He made a living as a teacher; but then renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing.

basho A statute of Basho

His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.
even a horse

arrests my eyes—on this

snowy morrow [1684]

another year is gone

 

a traveler’s shade on my head,

straw sandals at my feet [1685]

 

an ancient pond

a frog jumps in

the splash of water [1686]

 

now then, let’s go out

to enjoy the snow … until

I slip and fall! [1688]

Jane’s Haiku

Here is a Haiku that the above haiku by Basho inspired after my morning walk in the snow!

Inner child’s call
Joy of heart’s true passion
Playing in the snow
Feb. 12, 2018
Jane Rosalea Brown

Have fun and try writing some Haiku.  Quiet your mind like you do when you meditate. Listen within and let the words flow.  Most Haiku in modern day.. 5 syllables…7 syllables..5 syllables (3 lines)  I loved to read them,

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694) is considered the greatest Japanese haiku poet. Here are four of his most-loved winter haiku poems:

Winter Solitude

by Matsuo Basho

Winter solitude –
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

Winter Garden

by Matsuo Basho

Winter garden,
the moon thinned to a thread,
insects singing.

First Winter Rain

by Matsuo Basho

First winter rain –
even the monkey
seems to want a raincoat.

When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go

by Matsuo Basho

When the winter chrysanthemums go,
there’s nothing to write about
but radishes.

At my last women’s retreat, our group wrote Haiku poetry after a spirit walk in nature. They created beautiful poems.  Haiku is one of my favourite forms of poetry.

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Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉?, 1644 – November 28, 1694), born Matsuo Kinsaku
(松尾 金作?), then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房?),[2][3]
was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form;today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (at the time called hokku). His poetry is internationally renowned, and in Japan many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.

Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo), he quickly became well known throughout Japan. He made a living as a teacher, but renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing. His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuo_Bash%C5%8D

Peace and joy,

Jane

About Jane:

Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats.

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