Amongst her repeated subjects is the butterfly. Sitting under a pile of snow and cold darkness here in Minnesota, butterflies seem far away. Their fragile beauty, strong determination (able to fly thousands of miles), and utterly obvious impermanence (most living less than a year) make them great subjects for Buddhist poetry. Here are four of Chiyo-ni’s butterfly haiku. May they inspire dreams, especially for those of us living in the winter darkness right now.
Watch this amazing video called ‘All Alone in the Night’ which is time-lapse footage of the Earth, as seen from the International Space Station. I could wax poetic about this … but as they say, a picture (or in this case a video) is worth a thousand words.
Didn’t sleep well. Reading last night from Michael Smith’s book, Paddling the Tobeatic, I worked myself into a lather at his strong recommendation to allow eight days for the trip we plan to complete in four and a half. I awoke repeatedly to the lashing rain on my bedroom windows, the trees over the house shaking in the first light. It’s been raining for a week. It’s cold.