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« on: June 09, 2005, 01:16 PM »
Poetry can be describe as "beautiful language" - painting a picture with words. Usually well structure and with purpose or "on purpose". Zen poetry is in the 'moment'. Much peotry has structure. Zen poetry has no structure.

November in Warsaw
by Zen Master Seung Sahn

November in Warsaw
Fifty people together in one room.
Sitting Zen for three days.

Try mind. Bread
And potatoes and onions.
Fifty people eating together.
Get energy. Find the true way.

What is the true way?
Don't know? Primary point?
Before thinking?
Someone appears. Hits the floor.
WHACK!
But is that the true way?

November in Warsaw.
The sky is dark.
Fifty faces are shining.

A long time ago in Japan, there was a well-known region called Matsushima. Matsushima is a place by the ocean, with mountains, rivers, trees, and flowers. Matsushima inspired many beautiful poems. At one time the famous Zen Master and poet named Basho decided to visit. When Basho saw the beauty of this place he wrote this poem:

Matsushima --
ah, Matsushima!
Matsushima!

Three clear lines! This is a very famous poem. Only Matsushima is Matsushima -- it is very simple. That is the most important point. This is great Zen poetry.

In Zen one is taught there is only the moment. No right or wrong. No good or evil. Just this monent. Zen mind, poetry mind, writing mind, practicing mind, all are not different. - see clearly, hear clearly, smell clearly, and think clearly. My thinking is clear, not checking anything. just think clearly, then make your poem.

This form of writing reminds me of a book called "The Artist Way" by Julia Cameron. A workshop book to help expand ones creative (and to break writer's block). One of your daily practice was to, immediately upon awaking, write what was call "the morning pages". Each morning, in silence, (coffee and cigarettes acceptable) you would write all thoughts  that raced through your mind. It did not matter if any of it made sense or if one thought was related to the next thought. (by the way this techique is very effected)

You didnt think about your thoughts you just wrote them down. The same with Zen poetry, one does not think or make a poem, one just does in the monent. Like the Cameron's Morning Pages, Zen poetry can be very effective with your creative process.

Zen poetry, morning pages
lost mind. beginners mind;
sip coffee; sexual depuration.

look at time, sigh -
morning breeze, a red cardinal flys by
write Zen, clear mind - explain.

look at computer, sip coffee;
breath deep; stretch.
Zen mind, beginners mind.

Try this yourself, take a deep breathe, clear your mind, without thinking then just write what ever thoughts flow through your inner vision. Dont try, just do. Give it a whirl - Its fun!




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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2006, 08:11 PM »
cough

exhale up to the top

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2006, 08:23 PM »
ooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooo!

my nose tickles.

Umm....... Is Zen supposed to be Fun?



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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006, 08:36 PM »
Building permits  

                                   Circle
                                  Square
                                 Triangle         to be deconstructed

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2006, 08:42 PM »
I will leap frog
jumping jack
over that one


thank you for the building blocks.
It's time for lego haiku
and hanging upside
down games
in yellow umbrella trees



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shoes, darling. Will you help me find
them?
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 09:11 PM »
clipty clop clipty clop clipty .........   clop

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2006, 09:01 PM »
moon


                                              
                     tree                light

Squarebox
Quareboxs
Uareboxsq
Areboxsqu
Reboxsqua
Eboxsquar                                                                     Boxsquare
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 04:38 PM »
it's hip to be square
when a circle
ships to be shared and types to be written
A mind is a precious thing to taste.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2006, 05:17 PM »
i got this idea

without thinking i do that a lot without thinking but
how can you have a thought without thinking

sex

i bet you thought about sex

was it your first thought

probably

then why didnt you write it down

you probably hate me

now now now now sounds like a echo thought

':p'
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2006, 05:56 PM »
moon
                    
                                                                         light
                                                                light



  
                  blossoms
                                                                                                                            
         tree
         tree                                square
         tree                                       window
         tree                                 square
         tree
         tree
snow snow   snow snow white snow   snow snow green frog
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2006, 07:13 PM »
count backwards from 48
                                47
                              46
                            45
                          44
                       etc
                     etc

the moon dances tonight                                  black dark velvet
                                     will it just be another or will it

                                                             be with you
                                                             i wonder i wonder

      busbaw busbaw busbaw   that is probably
something dirty
in someones
language
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 07:39 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2006, 10:57 PM »
truffles are rooted
out by clever-snouted pigs.
This too is Zen,
or so the master showed me.

In a land
far away
lives a family
where autumn is a second spring,
another opening.




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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2006, 07:55 AM »
Brown blossoms open
                            On a Chinese fruit tree
 Â                           Who is li young lee?




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