Duality – Choka/Haiku – September 21, 2014

For this week’s Heeding Haiku with Ha … I’m inspired to write about duality.  The idea in zen is to recognize duality … in this sense:

“The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.”

Tao Te Ching …



this infinite universe
flowing – a constant whirl
this is eternal tao
blackbirds at dawn calling
yin and yang attracted
duality of life

(c) G.s.k. ’14

early morning songs
birds – bees and people living
together as one

(c) G.s.k. ’14

18 thoughts on “Duality – Choka/Haiku – September 21, 2014

  1. What a lovely world it would be if birds, bees, people, and all the creatures of the world could live in harmony.
    I think the others tend to do a better job of it than many people do!
    Thanks for visiting us at poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com


    • It was a pleasure to visit and thanks for coming by. I never forget that nature is not idyllic … cruelty and egocentrism is alive and well among the hairy apes as well as the naked ape. The problem is that we’ve progressed in our too making far beyond the hairy ape … we also think we’re semi-gods above natures laws. We have developed a conscious but are unable to live-up to our ideals because evolutionalistically speaking we’re still beasts but don’t admit it to ourselves. A rather complicated subject dear Opalzushaquon that I’m sure if you also think about it too long, you’ll either go off your head or begin to forgive humanity for its shortcomings. Hopefully we’ll progress to that level of harmony we idealize and really become the keepers of the planet and not the destroyers.


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  3. I recall watching a series about the universe with my hubby – how in the great scheme of things that the history of humans is hardly written in the first hour of the first day of a full calendar year of the universe. The duality of new stars and black holes… ‘eternal Tao’ – bees, and humans.

    So much depth. Thank you.


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