Journey

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sun rises as
life bursts forth-
first step on journey

Dedicated to my darling wife who on this day gave birth to our daughter Ava.

Apple trees

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apple trees
blossoming soon-
last snow flurries

This week has been crazy weather wise and today we have snow flurries. Odd to see buds sprouting forth and verdant fields was snow falling

Robin shell

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crushed blue shell
floating on the puddle-
western breeze

Walking along I spotted a blue egg shell floating on the puddles from last nights storm. The albumen and yolk combining with twigs and other detritus. The little Robin (to be) will not “become” this time.

Angry Spiders

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window washers
hanging ten stories up-
spider starts anew

As I watch the window washers I think about the spiders that built there webs up there and how upset they must be. But they will start again and rebuild as soon as the washers move on. This is the attitude we must take when life deals us hardship.

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Compassion in action

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runner heading
for the finish line-
coward hides his face

In reading about the explosion in Boston I was moved by one runner who had just FINISHED the race. They had just put the heat blanket wrap on him when he heard the first blast.

“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs.

This is compassion in action.

Mosquito Buddha

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mosquito larva
on the stagnant pool-
future Buddhas

Our mind is the stagnant pond. If we recognize the Buddha within ourselves the larva will hatch and our mind will flow in harmony.

Flower festival

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chicks breaking
through the shell-
flower festival

Today is Hanamatsuri or Flower festival. It is also the time we celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Just as a chick breaks through its shell to be born we too must break through our ego to be born a compassionate being. May today be your birth too.

Tule fog

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a tule fog
covers the valley-
fasten seat-belts

I read about Tule fog and likes the image so much that I composed the above haiku.

A Tule fog (pronounced too-lee) is a very thick fog that collects in parts of California during the rainy season of the late fall and winter. It is a type of radiation fog, caused by the combination of increased humidity due to the rain and rapid cooling due to the longer nights. Tule fog makes for very low visibility and is the cause of many accidents every year.