February 6th, 2012

A Prayer for a Friend

My first "colleagues" were "Clyde" and "Saud."  We were teaching assistants in Drs. Miyamoto's, Emerson's, and Burgess' Intro to Social Psychology Classes forty-seven years ago.  Now Saud is a prominent member of the Egyptian pro-democracy movement.  He was jailed under Mubarak, and his life must be a roller coaster right now.  At least under Mubarak one knew who one's enemies were and how to deal with them.  Now that Mubarak is not in charge the threat has metastasized and dangers can come from anywhere, even a soccer match.  Saud's American born spouse and their children also face whatever risks he faces.  I worry about him.  Although we have not been in contact for many years, i want my prayers to be with him.  And yours also if you will.  Thank you.  And pray for Egypt while you are at it, and for all beings, sentient or otherwise.

Kobayashi Issa : Poems and Biography

Kobayashi Issa : Poems and Biography

This Nineteenth Century Zen poet suffered much,
but his haiku is reflective of serenity.
An enlightened man, i think.

Translated, his haiku contain seven to eleven words,
but they say volumes.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
An Issa haiku is worth a hundred pictures

Here are my favorite Issa poems:

Where there are humans
You'll find flies,
And Buddhas.

Don't weep, insects,
Lovers, stars themselves,
Must part.

In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger.

without seeing sunlight
a winter camelia