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Today went very quickly for me, yet didn’t seem to leave anything of itself in a meaningful way.

Looking for meaning in that, I have only this haiku by Issa:

A giant firefly:
that way, this way, that way, this –
and it passes by.


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I’ve had so much on my mind today, but couldn’t quite get any of the thoughts together for just a quick five-to-ten-minute typing flurry. So I’m looking again at the Zen Calendar page for the day, and decided I’d send it along for a bit of playful imagery to close the day.

It’s a short poem by Kobayashi Issa, one of the four haiku masters. Like most his poems, it’s just a simple thing conveying a simple country pleasure, and it goes:

Spring rain —
the girl is teaching the cat to dance.

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