Heron Zen

high in the treetops
on an empty nest of sticks
she lifts crown feathers
raises heavy heron wings
stretches head and neck skywards

Kim M. Russell, 2017


My response to Carpe Diem Namasté, The Spiritual Way #6 Haiku’s State of Mind – Zen

This week Chèvrefeuille has decided to inspire us with Zen Buddhism, because it’s one of the pillars for a classical haiku. He has shared a haiku which mentions one of the most important issues of Zen Buddhism, ‘emptiness’:

an empty bowl
but in it is the spirit of emptiness –
the spring breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

He says that ‘emptiness’ is the ‘heart’ of haiku, based on Zen Buddhism, but in haiku it includes selflessness, loneliness, wordlessness, simplicity and grateful acceptance, which Chèvrefeuille has explained in this episode.


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