Impermanence and Presence

The poet sits at her table to write. She must do so. She is compelled. Words lure her to the blank page like a beckoning lover. Sometimes the lover welcomes the meeting with complete attention. Other times the hoped for embrace disappears. Perhaps the meeting was a fantasy. Or the lover has a change of mind. No guarantees.

Jane Hirshfield summarizes the motivation of Basho, 16th C Japanese haiku master in Continue reading