Wednesday, December 7, 2011


morning cleaning -
the bamboo shadows
sweep the stairs
----Jacek Margolak; POLAND

The resonance in this haiku is subtle and savoury. One can see the shadows, the wind moving the leaves and feel the companionship with nature that Jacek experiences on this particular morning.
Cleaning on a morning, adds a freshness of perspective, it brings a newness, like the new day; to life and being. Almost like sweeping away what you desire from yesterday, making a clear path for the provisions of today, He sweeps and observes a reptition not of himself, but of all of creation in the process of morning's newness; as mimicked in the strong silent resilient bamboo, whose leaves yield to the breeze of newness. Just so, he procures a ritual of apprehending, continuance, and an almost thanksgiving gesture, that he might receive more. He makes space for the day's occurance.
Jaceks bamboo remains in the shadows, as the day ahead is; unknown, a short distant future, an yet unfolded existence; which exposes a mere glimpse, a maybe, of plans already in the mind, not yet realised, not yet brought to light.
A haiku chuck full of appeal to the senses, devoid of clutter, presented in twelve syllables.

Well done Jacek

--gillena cox
Founder/coordinator; Caribbean Kigo Kukai

The kigo was bamboo