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Dōgen Zenji

DŌGEN ZENJI

A living haiku
The satori of my life
Don’t mind if I do

Four By Six

FOUR BY SIX

Four by six, he ordered
Something universal
Haiku manages that
Fewer syllables too

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A fellow poet told me that as an exercise during a poetry course she attended one of the tutors, Scots poet Thomas A. Clark, challenged the participants to write a poem which managed to make a universal statement in no more than four lines each containing six syllables.

I promised her that I would make an attempt at this myself. Here is the result.

I also decided to mint a new poetic form: the four by six. Expect some more in the future. And by all means have a go for yourself. 🙂

A Something In The Air

A SOMETHING IN THE AIR

I hear a buzzing
Springing to life once again
Bees busy being

Heralds

Snowdrops
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HERALDS

Look! The first snowdrops,
Snuggled up beneath that tree.
Ah, Spring is coming!

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Image found at https://garybuie01.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/1976/

Coal Tit

Coal Tit
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COAL TIT

Perching among twigs
Winter denies her cover
But can’t still her voice

Second Sight

SECOND SIGHT

The path at my feet
Writhes with tangled letters which
Ooze life but no words

April Shower

April Rain

APRIL SHOWER

The sound of raindrops
Says all that needs said without
The clutter of words

Preoccupied

PREOCCUPIED

Absentmindedly
Walked by this springtime river
And missed the whole thing

Winter Winds

WINTER WINDS

An absence of birds
Breath a sharp edge of silence
With the taint of bleach

Back To The Roots

BACK TO THE ROOTS

What complex doctrines?
A flower, a blade of grass
Is simply divine