“For A While” – Haiku – May 18, 2015

dieing rainbow

for a while
the rain falls without comment
the traveller retreats

© G.s.k. 15


shi baraku wa taki ni komoru ya ge no haijime

for a while
secluded behind the waterfall
summer retreat begins

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

the sound of water
soothing – like meditating
behind the waterfall

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Today’s episode at CDHK  is dedicated to Basho’s visit to  Urami (no take) Falls where he went into a 60 day retreat, prescribed for Buddhist monks each summer.  Though not a Buddhist monk … I think this might be a very wise thing to do from time to time.