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Saturday, March 25, 2006

rap

zen garden
the silence surrounding
a woodpecker's rap

12 Comments:

Blogger . Gabi Greve said...

enlightenment stones
in the temple garden -
summer heat


Look at a local Japanese Temple Garden, Bill.
. Zen Temple Garden .

Greetings from Japan
GABI
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11:43 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

The backdrop of all sound! Excellent!

3:59 AM  
Anonymous prado chekov said...

bill,
your poems are very good. your comment on dustin's website seems
to overlook the self righteous
nature of his poem. masturbation is
every bit as natural as drawing
breath.

the lord's prayer
i keep my mind
on the woman beside me

8:48 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, gabi, for your poem and for the link. This particular Zen garden is within the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, which we visited in February.

Thanks, Pat. One constant theme of haiku, in my view is "Listen to the silence"--or, more precisely, "Listen to the silences."

Thanks, prado. In my comment to dustin, I spoke as a formalist, if you will, rather than as a moralist. Thus, I referred to an aspect of the poem as "facile." But I think you and I are using different terminology to talk about very much the same thing. Don't know about "natural as breathing," though. I was breathing when I was a day old. On the other hand . . .

9:50 AM  
Blogger polona said...

enjoyed!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous prado chekov said...

touching myself
in
a sultry dream,
t'was
god who made me
a
man of the
flesh.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, polona.

Intersting, prado.

12:54 PM  
Blogger its_baxter said...

i like this :)

8:20 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

i enjoyed this bill. well done.

9:43 PM  
Blogger floots said...

this is the perfect representation of the natural stillness which i love
amazing
and made even more so
beacause i sense you in the background
smiling at yourself
when you read it

1:30 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, ruthanne, eric, and floots. floots, you got that right.

5:11 PM  
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