Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we are entering spring. Our first episodes were all from the New Year section of "A Dictionary of Haiku" by Jane Reichhold and today we are starting with the spring section of her saijiki.
Today our prompt is emptiness and that's what I am still feeling since I heard from Jane's passing away. I feel empty as if my drive to create haiku has been gone ... I really miss Jane, she was such a nice friend and an awesome mentor.
"Emptiness" is also a very strong idea within Zen Buddhism and that's also part of haiku. Today I have a few nice haiku by Jane reichhold to inspire you, to tribute her:
the emptiness of the question
where are they?
the empty nest
my daughter's house
after the wedding
© Jane Reichhold
Two haiku in which you can feel the emptiness ... That first haiku makes me sad and gives words to my feeling of emptiness. That last line could be easily be 're-written' into where is she?
|Emptiness ... where is she?|
the tranquil gardens of the temple
I empty my mind
to make room for another thought
emptiness is cool