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    Haiku from a friend who died this week

    Dear all

    My friend, the haiku poet Jan Benson died earlier this week. I heard from her family last night although feared for the worst when her social media accounts were all closed down after the weekend.

    Anyway, here are some of her poems, and one of mine I wrote for her earlier this year.

    migrant moon...
    walking from weeds
    into weeds

    remeasuring bigotry Christchurch mosque

    the pond
    holds a half moon
    theology of bones

    tidal flats
    the quarter-tones
    of a sandpiper

    crescent moon and her silk blouse a zephyr swells

    the thrum
    of stars in my bones
    hadron collider


    Mine:

    the resilience
    of violets
    grandmother moon


    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    Last edited by Kokuu; 11-01-2019 at 05:04 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Dear all

    My friend, the haiku poet Jan Benson died earlier this week. I heard from her family last night although feared for the worst when her social media accounts were all closed down after the weekend.

    Anyway, here are some of her poems, and one of mine I wrote for her earlier this year.

    migrant moon...
    walking from weeds
    into weeds

    remeasuring bigotry Christchurch mosque

    the pond
    holds a half moon
    theology of bones

    tidal flats
    the quarter-tones
    of a sandpiper

    crescent moon and her silk blouse a zephyr swells

    the thrum
    of stars in my bones
    hadron collider


    Mine:

    the resilience
    of violets
    grandmother moon


    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday/lah-
    Metta to you and your friend's family, Kokuu. Very sorry for your loss.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho2
    Kim
    St

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    Those are beautiful Kokuu

    Sorry for your loss

    Gassho

    Rish
    -stlah

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    Very beautiful, Kokuu.

    Thank you for sharing. Lets sit and practice metta for Jan and her family.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Sat/LAH
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    the thrum
    of stars in my bones
    hadron collider
    I really love this one! Thank you for sharing your friend's beautiful poems with us, Kokuu. Although I didn't know her, I'm glad this life got to coincide with hers on this spinning marble around the sun.

    Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā!

    Gassho
    Sen
    Sat|LAH
    橋川
    kyō (bridge) | sen (river)

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    So sorry to read this Kokuu, metta to you, and to all of Jan's family and friends.
    Her poetry is beautiful, unusual and deep, thank you so much for sharing her with us.
    Gassho
    Meitou
    sattodaylah
    命 Mei - life
    島 Tou - island

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    Thank you for sharing these, Kokuu. I checked out that link; such wonderful poems! I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Metta for Jan and all whose lives were touched by her.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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    Thank you.
    Gassho,
    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Lovely poems.

    Gassho

    Nenka

    ST

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    Beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Kokuu. I will sit for her.

    Gassho,

    Neil

    StLah

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