Bamboo leaves always point downwards

— imbibing Basho, haiku by Caroline Josephs

Photo by Gabrielle Wang.

boats against a pier

calm water

no tsunami now


in the temple — Golden Buddhas,

in the museum –

a severed head


drinking green tea

around the hearth

imbibing Basho


persimmons peep out

from Jan’s bag —

tasting autumn


trying to thread a needle —

a lover’s breath

on my back


forty truckloads

to thatch a roof —

one seventy-six year-old master


friends on a train

black pompoms on her scarf

evening sun


rebellious —

I eschew

toilet slippers


cedar sentinel

smiling at pilgrims

for one thousand years


timber yard stack

by the sea

checkerboard


fire in the hearth

crunch on gravel

haiku poets writing


by the sea — giant hand-thrown

rocks, stepping stones

to the Pure Land


fungi marching up an old log

chorus girls

in twirling skirts

Photo by Gabrielle Wang

a company of jizos

navy and pink habits

protecting the unborn


we hear news — -

Trump will win!

sun sets behind the mountain


Gabi tells us

bamboo leaves

always point downwards


© Caroline Josephs, Japan 2016.

Caroline Josephs (right), Don Yates(left), our guide Ted Taylor (centre).

Caroline Josephs is a Sydney based artist, writer, storyteller and educator. She has an active arts practice and runs arts workshops including storytelling with Aboriginal Yuin elder Uncle Max.

Caroline was a participant in Haiku Walking in Japan 2016. The next Haiku Walking in Japan journey will take place in November 2017.

Except where indicated, photos by Jan Cornall.

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