Today’s Haiku (October 25, 2010)

膝抱けば膝さへ秋の寒さ哉  中川宋淵 

hiza dakeba hiza sae aki no samusa kana

holding my knees

even the knees are

autumn coldness

Soen Nakagawa

from “Gendai no Haiku” (Modern Haiku), edited by Shobin Hirai, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1996

Fay’s Note: Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984)

6 responses to “Today’s Haiku (October 25, 2010)

  1. So much appreciate this haiku by the well known zen master… Thank-you.

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    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.

  3. Thanks Fay. Here is some of Soen’s calligraphy (5 pieces, just click left and right to see them):
    http://BruceKennedyPhotos.zenfolio.com/p831802597/e1644d405

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    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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