Poetry: Natsume Soseki


Natsume Soseki lived during the Victorian era. He was a novelist, a teacher, and a zen practitioner who observed nature with an unflinching eye. He also wrote beautiful and insightful haiku. Personally for me, the last few days have been very trying. The haiku of Natsume Soseki are like refreshment for my soul.

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

Now gathering,
Now scattering,
Fireflies over the river.

The crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.