red bloom

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every other spring
the devil, he brings;
a dagger for my heart –
in hopes it may bleed art

 

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Ryōkan

There is a bamboo grove in front of my hut.   Every day I see it a thousand times yet never tire of it.
There is a bamboo grove in front of my hut.
Every day I see it a thousand times
yet never tire of it.

One of my favorite Zen poets is Ryokan. To me he’s a Japenese version of Thoreau.  (wikipedia)

If you have an interest in Zen poetry I highly recommend One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan. You might also want to look at my SENRYŪ poems.

It’s rare that I highlight anything from my artwork page here (my talent is with words not brushes), however I was especially pleased with how this came out.