SIKKIM HAIKU SEQUENCE PART 2

(Written by Maeve O’Sullivan on the month long retreat with Donal Creedon and Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at the Bodhicharya Retreat Centre, January 2017)

January sunshine…

leaves still falling

roses in bloom 


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humming a tune…

I haven’t played a guitar

since Kathmandu 


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‘Meditate on the sun’:

his words on page 99

awash with sunlight 


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teaching on emptiness –

the wind fills a curtain 

for a short while


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evening meditation howling jackals break our silence 


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change in the weather –

three pairs of stripey socks

in the yoga room


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3am
 thunderstorm   its eerily quiet aftermath 


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morning silence –

inside, pans clattering 

outside, the thrush’s song  


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the day after 

Rinpoche’s departure –

cloudy and cool


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breakfast outside:

would you like some scrambled egg

little green spider?


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chanting from a Hindu temple  St. Bridget’s Day


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last day of retreat:

gusts of wind release leaves

onto the newly-swept path 

 

Dubliner Maeve O’Sullivan’s work has been widely published and anthologised for twenty years. Her collections  poetry (Vocal Chords, 2014), are from Alba Publishing. www.twitter.com/maeveos

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Maeve O’Sullivan’s new collection of haiku poetry, A Train Hurtles West, is available from the publisher, Alba Publishing (info@albapublishing.com). 30% of profits go to Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s charity Rigul Trust (www.rigultrust.org). You can find Maeve on Twitter (@maeveos). Her blog post Why Haiku? is available here: bogmanscannon

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