honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,
honoriartist
honoriartist

Japanese Death Poems

Haiku at death's door
samuri and monk's final
poetic surprise

Writing haiku lately has been comforting as family deaths bring sadness and reflections, so I decided to teach myself more about haiku. At the bookstore last night I found an amazing book about a practice I had no idea existed, the practice of writing a death poem as you die or shortly before. Japanese Death poems written by Zen monks and Haiku Poets on the verge of death, compiled by Yoel Hoffman, talks about poetic forms as well as the cultural attitudes toward both death and poetry over centuries. I can hardly put the book down with it's focus on creativity at end of life moments. It has hundreds of death poems with short descriptions about the author telling the story of the poet's death.
Tags: haiku
Subscribe

  • Mad with Joy Zen Chicken

    Zen chicken calligraphic drawing by Honoria Starbuck “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the…

  • Wow! I am interested

    Every Monday we practice Sheng Zhen Qigong at a wellness center at 1804 West Koenig Lane from 7:15-8:45pm. Parking is around back and there is a…

  • Qigong and Chinese Free Form Goldfish Painting

    The friends you can ask to come over for free form Chinese fish painting are few in number. Bret, my tai chi and sword painting buddy, is one of…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

  • 1 comment