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fable of the hero’s return

author’s note: To be clear: the returning hero could just as well have been a heroine.  FABLE OF THE HERO’S RETURN (aka SHARING THE PRICE OF FIRE) I laid myself down on the mountain top until the thunder god finally … Continue reading

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the fable of the songbird & the frog

THE FABLE OF THE SONGBIRD & THE FROG When the songbird told him you’re no match for me the bullfrog countered: by who’s measure?— yes, many have opened their windows to your song but the few who’ve opened to mine … Continue reading

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the fable of the old man & the bumpkin

THE FABLE OF THE OLD MAN & THE BUMPKIN An old man sitting in a tree begged a young bumpkin passing by on the path below to carry him across the river. The lad gladly complied… but when he reached … Continue reading

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the plus of minus

  As a schoolboy, I had a hard time accepting that two negative numbers, when multiplied together, would produce a positive… But I wanted to pass the test, so I went along. Now, years later, I’ve come to see how … Continue reading

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Spare the Rod, Save the Haiku

I have no vessel, I receive with both hands            — Ozaki Hosai *  Once again, a haiku stops me in my tracks… In this culture, information constantly flashes at us…dulls my feeling sense, if I allow. Fortunately, ever so often, … Continue reading

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Air for the Soul

  In my post on “experience” last week, I used 391 words… Yesterday, I discovered I’d already conveyed the same basic idea, using a mere 42 words. But let me warn you: those 42 words are in a poem (the … Continue reading

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Haiku Truth

          Since my house            burned down, I now own            a better view         of the rising moon                     — Masahide*  Perhaps our new mythology would be well-served by some haiku… Haiku seem so simple, so direct.  Children can enjoy haiku… …yet a … Continue reading

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