Zen Poetry

winter

 

impatience of new beginnings:
January cherry blossom

 

through an open window
come our winter visitors
sparrows and snowflakes

 

green, balloon dog
scuttles from December winds

 

Christmas spider:
threads of icicles
adorn park bench

 

full moon
illuminates
winter night

 

white, lichen covered boulders
beckon winter snow

 

blue tits dance
tree to tree
travelling companions

 

with bowing branches
the oak surveys
her river grave

 

on an up-turned pine root
snowdrops stretch to the sky

 

entwined in ivy
ash tree
frozen in time

 

evening play
catching breath
frosty night

 

faint shadows
on stone
inhabit graveyard

 

faint tap tap tap
on gravestone
song thrush and snail

 

walking the same path
not the same path

 

 

spring

 

“we are all in agreement”
daffodils nodding
in spring breeze

 

flirting with spring winds
autumn beech leaves

 

delicate rainbow
a-top ploughed soil
spring butterfly

 

jackdaw’s laughing
a welcomed announcement:
spring is here!

 

on spring winds
acrobatic buzzard
performs in his circus

 

cold and wet
passing of life
in the blackbird’s nest

 

fallen from the nest
owlet seeks shelter
in my wellies

 

with a sweeping hand
daisy buds break
their snow blanket

 

lazy bumble bee
drunk on sycamore pollen

 

angry faces
etched on water
spring torrent

 

wearing his best suit
but no date this year
spring chaffinch

 

carpenters toiling
on high-rise homes:
spring crows

 

robin’s shagging in the viburnum – it’s spring!

 

 

summer

 

incense smoke dances
around summer raindrops

 

day-dreaming collie
a-top tractor
counting sheep

 

in morning sun
yellow wagtail
dances a jig

 

along water’s edge
heron stands- fishing

 

“all aboard Lovely Nellie”
Kirkcudbright day-trippers, tripping

 

summer showers
little lochans
adorn Alchemilla

 

leaf to leaf
water cascades
down Peony

 

clicking mala beads
attract a grasshopper
OM MANI PADME HUM

 

summer bonfire
fireflies melt
into twilight

 

now I’m here, now I’m not
hesitant lizard
embraces morning sun

 

along an assault course
of Mango leaves
ants shopping

 

hitchin’ a ride
on saffron robes
house fly
visits the Temple

 

on the Temple roof
pied wagtail dances
with his golden shadow

 

as summer ends
even the sail-boats
are heading south

 

 

autumn

 

through cracks in the gutter
raindrops compose
their own mantra

 

race against time
poppy buds dance
in autumn winds

 

dew-drops caught
in the spider’s web:
a string of diamonds

 

dew-drops caught
in the spider’s web:
a string of tears

 

with every fallen leaf
its nakedness appears
cherry tree

 

with every fallen leaf
cherry tree drifts
into her hibernation

 

separated by wire
mothers lament
their spring lambs

 

white horses ride
St. Mary’s Loch
autumn winds

 

orange bracken
brightens
once-green hills

 

seconds pass
by leaf fall
nature’s timepiece

 

newly shed
oak leaves
newly gained
memories

 

sleeping under
gowns of moss
stone bears

 

rock-pools of oak leaves
autumn beach-combing

 

floating leaf
carries away
my dreams

 

thud!… autumn wind-fall

 

sudden downpour… of oak leaves

 

single fallen leaf
comes to rest on my hand
an absent friend

 

 

Pakistan Summer” a five sequence Haiku

 

of plastic and feathers
Pindi’s kites
cruise the evening sky

 

along my floor tiles
ants navigate
their criss-cross highway

 

in early darkness
of the Punjabi summer
fireflies play tag

 

in irrigation ditches
bull-frogs
serenade mosquitoes

 

on snow-covered treetops
cranes sleep

 

 

Haiku & Senryu

 

someone else’s shadow
walks with me today

 

sunshine then showers
echo my emotions
sunshine then showers




 
     
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