hiza dakeba hiza sae aki no samusa kana
holding my knees
even the knees are
from “Gendai no Haiku” (Modern Haiku), edited by Shobin Hirai, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1996
Fay’s Note: Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984)
So much appreciate this haiku by the well known zen master… Thank-you.
Yes, where I live the cold comes up from the earth into your legs first. Before it ever gets really cold out – here about the beginning of November in Indian Summer – you notice your legs start to get so cold they ache. The cold enters your bones this time of year through your legs…so I can feel this haiku.
Thanks Fay. Here is some of Soen’s calligraphy (5 pieces, just click left and right to see them):
Thank you, Bruce!
Bruce, Thank you so much for that link. My whole being aches for the loss of my brush. In gratitude
In the brush the lame dance…
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