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American Zen ver2

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american zen
sipping coffee
buddha in each sip.

Dreary Winter day

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The lowly clouds
even the marques look dull
dreary winter day.

Father of the Forest

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Father of Forest
seeds of your knowledge bring forth
Kyudoka saplings

This Haiku was my present to Shibata Sensei on his 90th (or 91st) birthday. Sensei Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX is a 20th generation master bowmaker and archer and 3rd generation “Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan.” Shibata Sensei is retiring this year as our Sensei but has passed the tradition to his son Nobuhiro Sibata who holds the title Shibata Kanjuro XXI thus continuing the Zenko lineage. We at Fuko Iba look forward to training with our new Sensei soon.

Anniversary gift.

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On this day nine years ago I married the most amazing woman on Earth. The following are dedicated to her.

wandering Warrior/
captivating Fleur-de-lis
amour éternel!

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The perfect moment
two lions as witnesses-
Yes! To popped question.

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On top of the cliffs
couple prepares to take leap
Ocean front wedding

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Nine years since we wed.
Treasuring every moment
spent with you my love.

Playground of my youth

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Emergency rooms
Sterile hospital hallways
Playground of my youth

As a youth my mother was very ill and I spent many hours at the hospital with her. There were times that the staff would not let me up so my father would, tell me the room number and go up. I would go around to the emergency room and sneak in to find them. I learned at an early age that if you act like you belong there no one will question you.

Buddha Teaches

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The Buddha teaches
Do your own exploration
No blind acceptance

Muddy Waters

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Old Muddy Waters
his Mississippi mojo
turned Chicago Blue

In the holiday season many people feel blue for many reasons. I suggest turning on some Blues and remember that everyone feels blue at some time. I also suggest listening to another Blues artist Renee Blixt who will warm up your mood.

Old Frog

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Ten philosophers
Ripples from the old frogs jump.
Continued croaking.

This Haiku is a reference to “Basho’s Frog” which dates back to 16th century Japan when the first great Japanese master of haiku, Matsuo Basho wrote his breakthrough haiku, “Furu-Ike-Ya” (Old Pond). The Ten Philosophers are what the ten pupils of Basho were called and they carried his style to many others. You can learn more about them here at “The Ten Philosophers

Below you will find the Basho’s poem in one of its common translations.

old pond
a frog jumps in
water’s sound

In Japanese:

Furu ike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

Myths for every season

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Myths for everyone
Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus
Happy Holidays

Orange turtles

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Orange turtles on back.
Muscles strain, Pop! Upright
Sifu says, well done.