Sijo

Steadfast mountain calm against austere forces…winter’s empty mind

Avalanche cleanses; a retreat on practicing letting go

Longer days, wildlife emerges…walking meditation begins

Samuel Peralta instructs us on the Asian form of Sijo today at Form-For-All at dVerse:  http://dversepoets.com/2013/04/25/form-for-all-from-out-of-asia/

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  1. nice…i like the meditation close…nature is a meditation for me…a breathing it in…the little life, the mountains…the avalanche & retreat mid-line is really cool gayle…

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    • All of nature has its own style of meditation…even the mountain…right? Nature is a meditation for me too, Brian…and thanks so much.

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      • hey you…hope your summer is going well…thought of you the other day and thought i would pop in and see how you were doing…smiles.

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        • Hey Brian…thanks for checking in with me…verykind of you. Hope all is well with you and your family. I’m having a mellow, laid-back summer and you’re probably getting ready to get back into the classroom by now. Just the past week or so I’ve been nosing around my blog…am I perhaps wanting to get back into the game…maybe so. I know I will write again…when I feel like it. Smiles…

          Gayle Walters Rose bodhirose.wordpress.com

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          • smiles…cool…was just over at renee’s and saw you there so popped over to see if there was something new….def school has had a crazy start here this year….

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          • No nothing new…yet. Feel like I’m being pulled here again…so I’m sure something will show up sooner or later. Thanks for popping over, Brian. My best to you always. Smiles…

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  2. I will have to read more about it at dVerse. It has a nice flow to it.

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  3. …do we ever get it right in letting go when it keeps on haunting us again & again? until we realized there’s no escape? smiles…

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    • You have that right Kelvin. Just when I think an issue may be behind me, it rears its head again…something more to learn from it..if I choose. No, there’s no escaping…smiles. Better to smile than to cry!

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  4. It’s wonderful that you present new scenes in each line, and then introduce something new and different at the outset – the mountain, an avalanche, wildlife – to demarcate the natural from the poet’s eye.

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  5. i love how the seasons touch us so closely on such deep levels..nothing better than a walk in spring.. breathe in all the awakening nature and yes, it’s meditation for sure..

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    • I know they do touch me deeply and I would say that all of nature feels the changes as well…even a mountain. Thank you, Claudia.

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  6. A love contemplative poetry, and your analogy of the mountain and avalanche is spot on : )

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  7. This is so beautiful =)

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  8. Laurie Kolp

     /  April 26, 2013

    I love walking meditation. = )

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  9. I like the three scenes, and my favorite is the last one where I picture the optimism and the hopefulness of spring.

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  10. Meditation as the theme, or emerging one’s self in nature is so healing ..nice.

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  11. can feel that mountain air in my lungs

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  12. I like the line “avalanche cleanses”.. it made me remember that cool touch of purity.

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  13. This is a poem that rewards the time you spend with it, allowing each image to enrich the others.

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  14. paracticing on letting go.. isn’t that the truth. Better not be underneath though

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  15. What a wonderful thought…nature doing walking meditation. We have baby ducks outside right now. I hope mama is teaching them!

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  16. Ouch, bad news of avalanches here killing folks recently — so “avalanche cleanses” sounds cruel. Nature is cruel, but so are people, so perhaps personification is appropriate but I do wish Nature would be shown for her horrible side too by poets. That said — this was a good use of form for an idealized world. Using this imagery, though, can be a helpful method to still a mind — except when it is your loved one buried in the snow.

    Sorry, I just finished a very sad Japanese film: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai. It has put me in a melancholic state.

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    • You’re entitled to your melancholic mood, Sabio. Nature does have a horrible side and death is sometimes a part of that. Sorry about the loss of lives in an avalanche but I wasn’t thinking in terms of human lives being lost when I wrote this. More, a cleansing of fallen limbs, debris, etc. on the surface of the mountain and that being a way for renewal.

      And I think it would be very difficult for me to use any of the techniques that I have learned for calming myself when a loved one has been tragically killed.

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      • Yes, I realized you weren’t writing about loss — ’twas my mind at the moment, of course. I just did another post trying to capture that feeling, — and on the idea of catching feelings at all — if you are interested.

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  17. Beautiful sijo, very appealing to the senses.

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  18. An interesting writing challenge often brings
    out the best and you have done a wonderful job
    with this piece Gayle 🙂 Have a lovely rest of
    the weekend and be well 🙂 xxx

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  19. I hope that you are enjoying
    a wonderful weekend Gayle 🙂 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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    • Haven’t been on my blog lately…hope your week will be a good one. Thanks for coming by, Andro! xoxo

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      • I too will be taking some time away from our blogosphere soon, only two or three weeks but I think a breather away is a good idea from time to time 🙂

        I hope you are enjoying a really
        nice week also Gayle my great friend 🙂

        Andro xxxx

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  20. Have a really nice Monday Gayle 🙂 😉

    Andro xxxx

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    • Thank you, Andro…spent Monday with my sweet little Mira. Now it’s Friday…getting ready for a nice weekend. Hope you have a good one my friend. Nice of you to check in with me. Hugs… 🙂

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      • I will keep calling in to see you Gayle, wow you are
        having such a lovely time, and I am pleased that your
        week and weekends are awesome 🙂 🙂

        Be very well my sweet and
        great friend 🙂 Hugs aplenty 😉

        Andro xxxx

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  21. I was so happy to “see” you again, Gayle. Now, this is an old post (and a form I love so much–it lends itself to mindfulness, doesn’t it? Hope to see more of you. I would spend more time trying to figure out where you’ve been, but have to get to bed…I have an early tee time. :0!

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    • Haha…good for you (regarding your tee time)! And thanks for coming by, Victoria. I haven’t written anything recently but I can feel something “stirring” inside…soon I think.

      I’ve been hanging out with my charming, baby granddaughter, Mira.

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  22. Happy Thanksgiving my sweet and great friend 🙂 😉

    Andro xxxx

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    • Thank you for this sweet message my friend. Now I’m getting ready for the next big holiday…Christmas…hoping your holidays will be filled with loving friends and family, Andro!

      Hugs,
      Gayle xoxo

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      • I always look forward to catching Santa Clause but so far I have missed him every time 😦 lmao Have a wonderful build up to Christmas and a very happy Thursday too my dear and sweet friend 🙂 😉

        Andro xxxx

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  23. Merry Christmas Gayle 🙂 😉

    Andro xxxx

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