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  • Kokuu
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Nov 2012
    • 6756

    ARTS: Haiku from a friend who died this week

    Dear all

    My friend, the haiku poet Jan Benson died earlier this week. I heard from her family last night although feared for the worst when her social media accounts were all closed down after the weekend.

    Anyway, here are some of her poems, and one of mine I wrote for her earlier this year.

    migrant moon...
    walking from weeds
    into weeds

    remeasuring bigotry Christchurch mosque

    the pond
    holds a half moon
    theology of bones

    tidal flats
    the quarter-tones
    of a sandpiper

    crescent moon and her silk blouse a zephyr swells

    the thrum
    of stars in my bones
    hadron collider


    Mine:

    the resilience
    of violets
    grandmother moon


    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    Last edited by Jundo; 01-24-2021, 02:38 AM.
  • Meian
    Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1722

    #2
    Originally posted by Kokuu
    Dear all

    My friend, the haiku poet Jan Benson died earlier this week. I heard from her family last night although feared for the worst when her social media accounts were all closed down after the weekend.

    Anyway, here are some of her poems, and one of mine I wrote for her earlier this year.

    migrant moon...
    walking from weeds
    into weeds

    remeasuring bigotry Christchurch mosque

    the pond
    holds a half moon
    theology of bones

    tidal flats
    the quarter-tones
    of a sandpiper

    crescent moon and her silk blouse a zephyr swells

    the thrum
    of stars in my bones
    hadron collider


    Mine:

    the resilience
    of violets
    grandmother moon


    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    Metta to you and your friend's family, Kokuu. Very sorry for your loss.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho2
    Kim
    St

    Sent from my SM-G930U using Tapatalk
    Kyodo Meian
    visiting Unsui / Novice Zen priest.
    Take with big grain of salt.

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    • Risho
      Member
      • May 2010
      • 3179

      #3
      Those are beautiful Kokuu

      Sorry for your loss

      Gassho

      Rish
      -stlah
      Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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      • Kyonin
        Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
        • Oct 2010
        • 6739

        #4
        Very beautiful, Kokuu.

        Thank you for sharing. Lets sit and practice metta for Jan and her family.

        Gassho,

        Kyonin
        Sat/LAH
        Hondō Kyōnin
        奔道 協忍

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        • Kyōsen
          Member
          • Aug 2019
          • 311

          #5
          Originally posted by Kokuu
          the thrum
          of stars in my bones
          hadron collider
          I really love this one! Thank you for sharing your friend's beautiful poems with us, Kokuu. Although I didn't know her, I'm glad this life got to coincide with hers on this spinning marble around the sun.

          Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā!

          Gassho
          Sen
          Sat|LAH
          橋川
          kyō (bridge) | sen (river)

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          • Meitou
            Member
            • Feb 2017
            • 1656

            #6
            So sorry to read this Kokuu, metta to you, and to all of Jan's family and friends.
            Her poetry is beautiful, unusual and deep, thank you so much for sharing her with us.
            Gassho
            Meitou
            sattodaylah
            命 Mei - life
            島 Tou - island

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            • Byokan
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Apr 2014
              • 4280

              #7
              Thank you for sharing these, Kokuu. I checked out that link; such wonderful poems! I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Metta for Jan and all whose lives were touched by her.

              Gassho
              Byōkan
              展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
              Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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              • Kotei
                Treeleaf Unsui
                • Mar 2015
                • 3935

                #8
                Thank you.
                Gassho,
                Kotei sat/lah today.

                義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
                Being a novice priest doesn't mean my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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                • Nenka
                  Member
                  • Aug 2010
                  • 1238

                  #9
                  I'm so sorry for your loss.

                  Lovely poems.

                  Gassho

                  Nenka

                  ST

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                  • Heiso
                    Member
                    • Jan 2019
                    • 824

                    #10
                    Beautiful, thank you for sharing.

                    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Kokuu. I will sit for her.

                    Gassho,

                    Neil

                    StLah

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                    • Gustaf Källvik
                      Member
                      • Sep 2022
                      • 35

                      #11
                      A friend has left us
                      never to be seen again
                      A gift never lost

                      Gassho,
                      Gustaf

                      ~Sat today~

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