Even the birds
and clouds look old.
of this floating world, swept.
Not last night,
not this morning;
melon flowers bloomed.
Haiku taken from Zen, a beautifully illustrated book of Zen writings.
Haiku is a minimalist form of only seventeen syllables. Like koans, they give an insight.
An excellent guide to the work of Japanese Zen master and poet Basho (1644-1894) is A Zen Wave by Robert Aitkin.
For Sian to whom I read these four haiku one evening.