Karasumaru Mitsuhiro | Three Poems

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Karasumaru Mitsuhiro, was the offspring of the wealthy Karasumaru family of Kyoto. He was a master of poetry, calligraphy and tea ceremony and an unusual figure in his ablity to influence both the cultivated court nobles in Kyoto as well as the sophisticated cosmopolitan samurai in Edo. He was known for his distinctive calligraphic style.


At Sumiyoshi seashore
It is on the ebb tide and the sea is far.
A fish boat floats.


Beacons stand
In the sea of Sumiyoshi
They are where we rely on in the floating world.


The same day in Naniwa, to see the Sakura flowers at Konryuji-temple.
The cloud of Sakura bloom
Even the sound of bell remains
Iriai-Zakura flowers turn into green.

Karasumaru Mitsuhiro (1579-1638)




“if your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life” … Wumen


Wumen Huikai 无门慧开  (1183–1260), Chán master most famous as the compiler of and commentator on the 48-koan collection The Gateless Gate. In many respects, Wumen was the classical eccentric Chan master. He wandered for many years from temple to temple, wore old and dirty robes, grew his hair and beard long and worked in the temple fields. He was nicknamed “Huikai the Lay Monk”. At age 64, he founded Gokoku-ninno temple near West Lake where he hoped to retire quietly, but visitors constantly came looking for instruction.

Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs By Andy Borowitz ~ The New Yorker


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Pentagon has turned down Donald J. Trump’s request for a grand military parade in Washington, D.C., citing a sudden outbreak of bone spurs that would prevent men and women in uniform from participating.

Harland Dorrinson, a Pentagon spokesman, said that, within an hour of Trump’s request, more than a hundred thousand military personnel complained that they were suffering from acute cases of bone spurs that would make marching in such a parade a painful ordeal.

“In the history of the U.S. military, we have never experienced a bone-spur epidemic of this magnitude,” the spokesman said. “Regrettably, however, we have no choice but to issue thousands of deferments.”

A statement from the bone-spur sufferers said that they would continue to valiantly serve their country around the world in a non-marching capacity, and offered an alternative to their participation in Trump’s proposed pageant.

“President Trump is welcome to march in the parade all by himself if he would finally like to enlist,” the statement read.