Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


February 2017

In the Garden

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 30



in the garden
hummingbird scrutinizes
a glass flower



fragile dispositions

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 28

fragile dispositions
at being photographed
the chickens balk

Late Snow Fall

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 28


late snow fall
bottle tree clinks
in the wind

Cloudy Day

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 27


cloudy day
fragile daffodil
struggles it open




Dutchman’s Breeches

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 26

Photo by Jessica Bolser

spring walk
dutchman’s breeches
dangling in the wind


Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 25


delicate  lattice
of symbiotic connections
reindeer lichen


Day 24 – late due to computer problems


fragile beauty
transient light shines
lace patterns on wall



Ise Shrine

Carpe Diem #1147 Ise Shrine

Ise Shrine the most sacred shrine in Japan.  The inner sanctum is not for view of the average visitor, but the shrines in the outer garden are made to exact replica, only smaller.

sacred shrine
monk sweeps the path
prayer stains

Every 20 years the shrine buildings and the Uji  bridge are  rebuilt.  This reinforces the idea of impermanence of life.


reopened gates
Ise shrine flooded with pilgrims
solitude lost

scent of new shrine
lingers on the pathway
among the cypress
across the Isuzu River 
boarded by ancient trees


Isuzu River is located at the foot of Mount Kamiji and Mount Shimaji in the Mie Prefecture. After crossing the Uji Bridge you passing through the large torii gate marking the entrance to the shrine.


the Naiku shrine
stepping through the past
ancient spirituality


Ise Grand Shrine
beautiful part of Japan
imbued with holiness

Lenten Rose

Spring Retreat – Fragile Beauty Day 23


under grey clouds
hellebores bowing
delicate heads

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