Autumn 2022 Showcase

Takeuchi Seiho – Sea Bream

I’m always aware ( by which I mean I often bang on about it) that although I style these showcases by the season of the year, that seasonal style is very pertinent to the neck of the woods where I am. On the other hand, the zen space is an international journal, and it may be spring, or the dry season, or the rainy season, or whatever is considered a season where you are. Thus I have no objection at all to having this showcase start with the words “spring equinox.”

I also have no objection to making the visual elements in the showcase to do with fish. The body of work has spiders, butterflies, and seals… but no fish. This space is so… so… zen! Get into it!

Marie Marshall

editor

the zen space

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Sean O’Connor

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spring equinox –
today at Dad’s grave
all is well    

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April mist –
before my father was born
        who was I?

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winter solstice –
throughout eternity
I too will lie here

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on a trip, Dad’s spirit
gone to Takahashi
to dance with the dead

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the dead’s dance over
a candle on Dad’s grave
to guide him home

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cold at his grave
wind from the mountains
it too passes by

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Peter Jastermsky
Lorraine A Padden

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Tan Renga:

:

taken down
notch by notch
rebecoming that child

a cut back rose bush
smothered in burlap

**

pointing again 
by mother’s count 
we owe her fingers

an heirloom glove box
missing its skeleton key

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Bakufu Ohno – Flying Fish

J.D. Nelson

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now the rainbow fades—
its remaining end touches
the nearby landfill

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into the sunrise—
the rhythmic clicks of the dog’s
nails on the sidewalk

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the row of townhomes
in the old farmer’s wheat field—
a rusted tractor

:

he decides to kill
the housefly in his bedroom—
red grapes in a bowl

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in front of the screen
the spider climbs down a thread—
the news on TV

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a change in the light
at the advent of autumn—
the soft horizon

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Paweł Markiewicz

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the first autumn rain
spider’s heart in rhythm of  drops
nature awoken

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after fallish dawn
on spider’s web soft meek dew
sip of butterfly

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it is dawning new
spider is making a web
next to the antlers

:

the first morning star
the spider free on its web
the ant-like queen – trapped

:

during gorgeous rain
the drops mixed with fallish dew
on the web – miracle

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from the dazzling morns
till evenings – spiders at work
picturesque webs

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Utagawa Hiroshige – Flying fish, icimochi, and lily

Lorraine A Padden

:

toes in the mud
my root teacher
a lotus

:

shallow footprints
the smile
on a sleeping Buddha

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dust storm
a Zen garden
gives back the shakkei

:

reclining Buddha
bird song
in the crook of an elbow

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Mike Freedman

:

man with megaphone
listened to 
once loved    

:

night market lit up
girl on honda bike rides by
     monsoon glittering

:

sitting in bed 
mouth full of scrambled eggs
you propose

:

marion island
when seals are clubbed
penguins rejoice

:

purple vineyards blood-red seas
food & drink 
for sunset collectors

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your arms cross
your heart closes
flight delayed  

:

politician promises
all cock-a-doodle
no do

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Utagawa Hiroshige – Sea Perch

The next Showcase at the zen space will be Winter 2023 which will be released, subject to karma, on 1st January 2023.

Please note that the copyright of all written work and images used in this Showcase and elsewhere in the zen space is held by the creating author/artist, even when not explicitly stated, and may not be used elsewhere without permission.

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Yoshitosi Taisho – Koi pond
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