Carpe Diem # 723 buying a cookie

I visited the Atsuna Shrine. The buildings were in ruins, the earthen walls had crumbled and were hidden in a field of weeds. Sacred straw ropes had been put to mark the site of the lesser shrine and rocks piled up to show the shrine itself. Ferns and mosses, growing as they will, only made the place more sacred and captured one’s heart.

buying a cookie
even the ferns are withered
at a rest stop                              © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)


forest humidity
the hum of insects –
Ah, cool water


water passed out
in the heat of the day
to the homeless
a blessing given
from the bag lady