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A poem on reaching 40

I stumbled on this poem I wrote when I turned 40. First day at forty Looking out and looking back A big sky – high with spackled clouds Evening rooftop … Continue reading

25 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scottish haiku

From Alan Spence’s Glasgow Zen, versions of haiku by Issa: wid ye lookit the state ae it – me in ma new jaicket! fling doon crumbs the sparras start fightin … Continue reading

25 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Haiku: British Museum astrolabe

On seeing the astrolabe of the muwaqqit (timekeeper) of the Ummayad mosque in Damascus (c. 1334 CE):   Spring morning, workbound In  the eastern galleries Time lies etched in bronze … Continue reading

21 March, 2015 · Leave a comment

A poem by Shi Wu (“Stone House”)

Becoming a buddha is easy But ending illusions is hard So many frosted moonlit nights I’ve sat and felt The cold before dawn.

14 November, 2013 · Leave a comment