Alone

Carpe Diem #885 without you: Stone Mountain, at Yamanaka, from this day on

companion gone
savoring of the journey
took a turn
lone footsteps

“…I felt deeply in my heart both the sorrow of one that goes and the grief of one that remains, just as a solitary bird separated from his flock in dark clouds, and wrote in answer:

from this day on
dew will erase the writing
on my hat

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)…”

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Nature

Carpe Diem #885 without you: Stone Mountain, at Yamanaka, from this day on

I strive to be one
with nature
when It speaks to me
I write

I practice
writing of nature
sometimes I get it

Inspired by

“… The host of the inn was a young man named Kumenosuke. His father was a poet and there was an interesting story about him: one day, when Teishitsu (later a famous poet in Kyoto but a young man then) came to this place, he met this man and suffered a terrible humiliation because of his ignorance of poetry, and so upon his return to Kyoto, he became a student of Teitoku and never abandoned his studies in poetry till he had established himself as an independent poet…”

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Warm Springs

Carpe Diem #885 without you: Stone Mountain, at Yamanaka, from this day on

in the shadow
of stone mountain soak in
warm springs fill the senses

Pat R

12/27/31

Inspired by

“…enjoyed a bath in the hot spring whose marvelous properties had a reputation of being second to none, except the hot spring of Ariake.

at Yamanaka
it’s not necessary to pluck chrysanthemums
hot spring fragrance

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)…”

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