three spring haiku

Unknown painter: Sparrows singing their hearts out



heavy spring showers

my sleeves wet with the world’s tears

how sweet the birdsong!



everything happens

they say it’s ‘for a reason’

I say stop right there



here’s a great secret:

all does not have to be well

to be perfection


Ink painting, artist unknown. I suspected Ohara Koson but fail to find attribution.
Let me know if you can read the chop and solve the mystery.

pop goes the poseur

Three mid-winter haiku.


Rengetsu - Uji River Teapot Scroll ca1840



winter in my hut

drafts shivering the rainbows

I sit with my tea



thoughts and thinker? wrong

thoughts-thinker-thinking: all one!

pop goes the poseur



zafu guru says

two thoughts cannot co-exist

I dive in the gap


Painting by RengetsuUji River Teapot Scroll

Source – The Rengetsu Circle

early this morning


Miriam Louisa Simons - Stained Glass Morning, Missa Gaia Series


p e a c e

palpable as the presence of a Presence

yet utterly ineffable

a benediction without diction

beyond the grope of thought

a blessedness without symbol

not experienced as other but


– inescapably so –





immaculate all-adoring silence


Image: Miriam Louisa Simons – detail, Stained Glass Morning
Missa Gaia Series,
1987-88. Painting on silk, stitching.
Private Collection, Auckland New Zealand

wonderingmind studio

mooning melts the night


Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) - Wind Blown Grass Across the Moon



a moment arrives

without a need of the past

the full moon rises



a thought bubbles up

a preference is posited

the moon doesn’t mind



the bubble bursts, pop!

awareness has no center

mooning melts the night


Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Wind Blown Grass Across the Moon
Woodblock print
Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York

memo from IT to ITself


IT is not understood until IT is forgotten


IT is not understood
until IT is forgotten.

When IT is forgotten
IT can express ITself.

When IT expresses ITself
you won’t recognise IT.

If you think you recognise IT
you are mistaken.

Realising you are mistaken
about everything


cracks open




your many-layered

revealing IT to ITself



“IT” in this context = reality, big R.
This post might read like a madwoman’s rant, but those who have free-fallen into Unknowing will simply smile at the play of paradox.
Such is IT’s way.

Image sourced from Facebook, where credit was not given. Please advise if it’s yours and an appropriate link will be added.

(it’s not just old age, either)


Echoes from Emptiness: Backyard Bauhinia

Under a new moon, at the turning of the earth towards summer, I sit at my table out on the deck, the candle flickering as the last stragglers of the bat community head over east, and I, a being once so addicted to “everywhere-but-here”, a global gaddabout of the first order, so easily seduced by salubrious memories of living and working and loving in Europe, North America, India, the Homeland (Aotearoa New Zealand), always ready to go – go – go now, am wallowing in a ridiculous contentment that consumes all desire to spend precious energy fleeing the inexplicable luxury of just this.

How, when my inhalation blesses me with the fragrance of Jasmine, Lavender, Wisteria, Orange and Mango blossom and I am giddy with double delight* at the excessive glory of the huge Bauhinia in my backyard, could I pine for any other clime?

How, when Kookaburra, Currawong, Magpie, uncountable Lorikeets and a host of unidentified cheepers and warblers chorus so insistently at 4am could I wish for a dark, cold, silent dawn elsewhere?

How, when greeted, like this morning, with a sky of powder-blue that throws the Border Ranges and Mount Warning into a chiaroscuro of subtle tones of silver, could I long even for those beloved Alps of my childhood?

I bless the land life has brought me to. It wasn’t my call, and it hasn’t always been easy. But I know beyond a shadow of doubt, it was, and it is, exactly where I need to be.

I am at last able to say – I love I love I love this sunburnt country.

And the weird thing is that it’s not about Australia at all.

I am simply and hopelessly in love.


Image by yours truly: Bauhinia blakeana – also known as the Hong Kong Orchid Tree. More info here.
*Treble delight actually – the tree is a dynamo of insect activity, and the Rainbow Lorikeets never draw breath.

“sunburnt country” – lifted from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem: My Country.