#Troiku: Snow of Yesterday

Charmed Chaos

the snow of yesterday
each new flake perfect
swirling in air

that fell like cherry blossoms
drifting down to alight
among the mother’s roots

is water once again
nourishing creation
infinite rhythm of life

A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku when they were about to pass out of this life to the next. This haiku by Gozan was written by him at the age of 71 in 1789.

the snow of yesterday
that fell like cherry blossoms
is water once again

© Gozan (1789)

It shows the circle of life a popular belief in Zen Buddhism. It also has the metaphorical meaning of transience as well with the cherry blossoms lasting a week, and snow melting almost immediately upon touching the ground. This kind of “death haiku” or “jisei” was and is still used by a lot of haiku poets around the world.- Source:Chèvrefeuille

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