Monthly Archives: July 2017

zen and the monsoon 

the monsoon rain is heavy this year .many places in the valley are flooded .the weather is cold and lifeless.  the roads and fields are deserted . flood affected people have to stay in relief camps with rationed food and light . they have to be separated from their cozy homes which are submerged upto neck . even the creepy crawlies came out from their safe havens  …their hopes for a better place for winter hibernation abandoned . 

a wind blowned maculata caterpillar hastily hops for a safer place at such moment …! a few days back , it must have been enjoying the summer sun on a leaf of pumpkin or bottle gourd dreaming of a cozy cocoon when winter comes . but what a day . 

here is my attempt for a classical zen haiku with the caterpillar as a kigo (summer, in this case) and the onji which is perfect , i think . the theme is of course nature without an ” i ” . the first and third line are interchangeable . but you have to kindly examine whether there is a kireji and a  spiritual, Zen-Buddhistic layer / meaning in it or not . 
on a blade of grass 

a caterpillar crawls on –

winter’s warm cocoon . 

photo and words 
milan rajkumar


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