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                                        Nina Thorne

these cold winter days
on horseback
— my shadow is frozen


Matsuo Basho,

松尾 芭蕉

Winter 1687

The haiku is a traditional Japanese short poem, popular worldwide. 

Haiku typically celebrate life in the moment, and may express the deeper sense of "wabi-sabi" (),  a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic of wabi-sabi is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" in nature. It is imbued with the Buddhist teaching of  the three marks of existence- impermanence, suffering, and emptiness.

(three marks of existence (三法印, sanbōin; also Pali: tilakkhaṇa; Sanskrit: त्रिलक्षण, trilakṣaṇa): impermanence (無常, mujō; Sanskrit:anitya; Pali:anicca), suffering (苦, ku; Sanskrit:Duḥkha दुःख; Pāli: dukkha;) emptiness or absence of self-nature (空, kū; also  Sanskrit: Śūnyatā:शून्यता); Pali: suññatā)

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