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SERENE HAIKU

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SERENE HAIKU

haiku, unrhymed Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. The term haiku is derived from the first element of the word haikai (a humorous form of renga, or linked-verse poem) and the second element of the word hokku (the initial stanza of a renga). The hokku, which set the tone of a renga, had to mention in its three lines such subjects as the season, time of day, and the dominant features of the landscape, making it almost an independent poem. The hokku (often interchangeably called haikai) became known as the haiku late in the 19th century, when it was entirely divested of its original function of opening a sequence of verse; today even the earlier hokku are usually called haiku.

Originally, the haiku form was restricted in subject matter to an objective description of nature suggestive of one of the seasons, evoking a definite, though unstated, emotional response. The form gained distinction in the 17th century, during the Tokugawa period, when the great master Bashō elevated the hokku, as it was then known, to a highly refined and conscious art. Haiku has since remained the most popular form in Japanese poetry.

DRIFTING

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When we are confronted by the possibility that everything we’ve learned in life could be a lie, how do we “know” what we think we know?

SEA OF LIES

FLOATING ON AN ENDLESS SEA
OF QUESTIONS AND UNCERTAINTY.
DRIFTING ON AND IN A FATHOMLESS ABYSS:
A TINY PLANET FLOATING IN THE SKY.
OUR NAKED FLESH CANNOT SURVIVE
THE AIRLESS COLD ON EITHER SIDE.
DRIVEN BY WINDS OF CHAOS AND REALITY
WE STEER OUR TINY BOAT OF LIES
TO SUSTAIN OUR FRAGILE LIVES
FOR AN INSTANT IN ETERNITY.
WHO NAVIGATES THE BRUTAL TIDES?
ARE WE OUR ONLY FRIEND AND GUIDE
WHILE SAILING THROUGH INFINITY?

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Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013

I AM DEATH. YOU ARE LIFE.

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I AM DEATH.
WHO TELLS YOU LIES ABOUT ME?
WHO WANTS YOU TO FEAR ME?
THE PRIEST WHO MUST CONTROL THEE.
HE DOES NOT KNOW ME.
HE DIES AS SURELY AS THEE.
DO NOT FEAR ME.
YOU ARE LIFE.  YOU ARE FREE.
DEATH IS THE LOSS OF ONE BODY ONLY.
LIFE ENDURES ETERNITY.

~ Lawrence R. Spencer. 2012. ~

 

FOREVER IS NOW. FOREVER IS LOVE.

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LOVE IS NOW
“Love is Universal among sentient beings. Love is a “subjective energy” as individually unique as a Memory of Pleasures Won and Lost in The Winds of Immortality. Love can erase the state of “separation”… the apparent distance between Beings in the physical universe. Love transcends every thought, every moment, every place, regardless of time, energy or motion. Love is the Essence of Who We Really Are… Love is ALWAYS Love… Forever, in the Eternal Now.
The past is the “fingerprint” of our Eternal Selves.  We can NOT forget this…. not really.  Universes erode and decay….  Beings who create these illusions in the Eternal Now get bored with the silly games of Life, Universes and Other Stuff.  They drift away….
We are Eternal…. No beginning…. No end…..  We are “pretending not to know”….  But, the truth is that we DO know, we have ALWAYS known, and we will ALWAYS know….  It is not possible to “hide” from Our True Selves forever….  Forever is Now.”
~ Lawrence R. Spencer. 2015. ~