Seek Wisdom


Those who are wise have lived a lifetime with ears open and willingness to not only experience truth, but to pursue it as well.

Wisdom is gained by:

Listening to your elders.
They have walked a longer path than you.

Seeking all that is true.
Wisdom lies with honesty not deception

Realizing that education is never ending.
Even death is the final lesson.

Learning from mother nature.
Her wisdom is infinite.

The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as white man’s mind, the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery.

 

Turtleheart, Teton Sioux

From “365 Day of Walking the Red Road: The Native American Path to Leading a Spiritual Life Every Day”

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Haiku by Matsuo Basho


Early autumn –

Rice field, ocean,

One green.

 

Birth of art –

song of rice planters,

chorus from nowhere.

 

Travel weary,

I seek lodging –

ah, wisteria.

 

Not one traveler

braves this road –

autumn night.

 

Journey’s end —

still alive, this

autumn evening.

 

Firefly–viewing

drunken steersman,

drunken boat.

 

Matsuo Basho is one of my favorite haiku poets because his poems are well written, witty, humorous, and honest.

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Matsuo Basho “Lips to Chilled”

Haiku of Orlando Gonzalez Esteva


No-one speaks alone

not even silence

a house for everyone

 

Over the guitar

vine leaf

the hand falls

 

Even in Cuba

if the birds sings

I long for Cuba

 

I have no feet

only hands that touch

the sphere

 

No swell of the ocean

if it’s not between one grain

of salt and another

 

Night weighs

like the dot on the lives

of some letters

 

Orlando Gonzalez Esteva is a haiku poet born in Palma Soriano, Cuba but currently living in Miami. He published poems and essays in United States, Mexico, and Spain. His works have been praised by Mexican Poet Octavio Paz. Gonzalez translated a Spanish version of haiku master Kobayashi Issa and is working on versions of Basho, Buson, and Shiki.

Haiku of Agim Vinca


PARADOX

I spoke, they said: quiet!
I kept quiet, they said: speak!
speak/quiet, quiet/speak my life.

EXILE

I wander around the world.
friendless, jobless.
less and less of me.

BIRDS

the only passengers
passing the border
without passports.

ROADS

roads are not measured by miles.
roads are not measured by kilometers.
roads are measured by the heart.

GODS

it,s easy to believe in God.
in Man difficult.
Oh God!

POET IN PRISON

it,s all in vain.
here is my shadow.
I am beyond the shutters.

FREEDOM

earth, water, sun, air
what is freedom waiting for?
to be brought tied up in blood chains?!

Agim Vinca was born in Veleshta in Macedonia and is a poetry critic and poet. He freely speaks his mind and is honest about social issues and concerns. He studied Albanian language and literature from the University of Prishtina and taught contemporary literature until expelled by the Serbian military. He currently teaches literature in Prishtina in Kosovo.

Favorite Japanese Indie Music


From my music blog called Japan Music Corner

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/

Rollo and Leaps

Rollo and Leaps are a worthy new Japanese rock-pop band to listen to with a nice rhythmic guitar influenced sound.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/rollo-and-leaps/

Shin Rizumu

Shin Rizumu シンリズム is an intelligent and very talented young pop-rock singer-songwriter from Kobe who has ability beyond his years.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/shin-rizumu-%e3%82%b7%e3%83%b3%e3%83%aa%e3%82%ba%e3%83%a0-latest/

Futarino Bungaku

Futarino Bungaku ふたりの文学 have the right formula for success with Miho Tsujibayashi as the lead singer who is also a composer, songwriter, and arranger and have competent band members.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/futarino-bungaku-%e3%81%b5%e3%81%9f%e3%82%8a%e3%81%ae%e6%96%87%e5%ad%a6/

Wallflower

Wallflower are a indie pop band from Osaka with a new singer named Eri Nakajima and have developed a sophisticated sound.

https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/wallflowers-latest/

More cool music

Roji

Rino Oishi

More listen to more Japanese indie see my Soundcloud site that is updated regularly:

https://soundcloud.com/you/likes

Haiku of Pepa Kondova


Pepa Kondova was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and has an inviting haiku style. She has been a member of the Bulgarian Haiku Club and World Haiku Association (WHA) member. Pepa has been published in Bulgaria, Europe, and World Haiku anthologies.

 

The human soul:

An innermost book.

Unread it remains

 

A piece of happiness

With a scent of bread

Coming and passing away

 

The native home

I see in my dreams

In my longing – the seas

 

Sunbeams:

heavenly swings –

a summer festival

 

Bare trees,

Lonely wanderer:

Drifted silence

 

On a bicycle

the sun is chasing

the summer day.

 

White pigeons

on a white square.

Light is everywhere.

Haiku by Kuniharu Shimizu


A family of carp streamers
all swimming
in the same direction

all day rain
she detects
a stolen puff

by the wood
summer wind
suddenly audible

commencement day
wind not strong enough
to flutter the flag

country road
I quietly cross
the Equator

Kuniharu Shimizu is a contemporary haiku poet born in Nara, Japan and graduated from the University of Hawaii.  His haiga works are great and showcase his talents.  He has published haiga (haiku & artwork), haiku, and haibun (prose & haiku) in publications and websites around the world. Kuniharu is an advisor to the World Haiku Association and judge of the WHA Haiga Contest.

http://seehaikuhere.blogspot.com/
http://seehaikuhere.jimdo.com/