Zazen “haiku” Collection

a memory evening

forgotten in the sunset

burnishes copper kettles


holding linen gloves

performing léger de main

with destiny’s child


hidden pathways unwind

each nascent moment

ever pregnant pauses


judge and jury mind

hears not the birdsong

resenting coming dawns


a tear meanders lost

on a forsaken face

quenching desert lilies


sandcastle dreams ebb

and flow, with the

incoming tides of life


under the arch’s curve

fate shelters a while

as the earth drinks deep


raindrops softly caress

verdant carpets drawn

on canvas fields


watercolours paint margins

for the Soul to journey

a leather coracle in Dao


the profound silence of ponds

hears water boatmen

tickle trout with song


the wind play flute

a chimney blows smoke rings

beech logs in the fire


cows chanting mantra in sheds

the prayer bell chimes

a farmer brings fresh hay


the kestrel hovers hungry

seeing beyond horizons

keen for future dreams


the woodcutter’s solitude

cuts axe blade sharp

through logs mundane


spiced wine warming

the veins of golden ore

pumped only by heart


the acrobat squirrel

crosses the swaying canyon

between century’s pylons


semaphore trees

waving long naked fingers

in winter’s winds


the point before mind

waits for the ripple of

a passing thought


stardust falls silent

for those who wait

no footprints in the snow


a match scratches a back

a hint of phosphorous

fire eases the itch of cold


moss on the trees

hiding from sunrays

growing only aeon’s beards


the wise old yews

cracking knuckles in the breeze

have watched millennia


the moorhens plink

pennies in a fountain

wishing for luck at dawn


a carrion crow plucks

a hearty breakfast

at the roadside café


omniscience counts

each Autumn leaf

the actuary of Souls


how does dharma teach

the fiery core of stars

only by feathers in the heart


what lies before now

only the present sleeping

waiting for the cockerel


what lies after now

only persistent dawns

irradiated with dew


what lies in the now

only forever born eternal

in the womb of moment


singing songs in the bath

no-one is watching

a child starts to walk


as naked as spring

a flower unfolds its flag

saying only welcome


the candle shimmers

beacons burn on the hills

eyes glisten with living love


an owl hoots in laughter

at man’s busy lives

pondering on their shadows


a spider’s web tense

sees the ants commute

yearning for love


soft down in chestnut shells

beyond fish hook barbs

cradles possibility


red holly berries

write in their font of hope

amidst the thorns


wide empty paths

leading to the cosmic causeway

where bamboo bridges flex


the Dao bends the reed

to fit the clarinet

and Gabriel’s oboe


Dao tunes pianos

in the darkness of night

a quintessence is born


a river carves Souls

whilst brooks chuckle softly

over the mossy rocks


mayflies tickle the eddies

willows bowing humble

under azure skies


scent carries fragrance

of lotus blossom

cherishing tender Sakurai


a single petal floats

wafted on pillow dreams

cotton wool soothes with a tincture


cutting carrots fine

a sliver of perfection

crisp and juicy with joy


sliced ginger pervades

more pungent than any dawn

a newborn deer forages