awakened

by Matsuo Basho

English version by Gabriel Rosenstock
Original Language Japanese

awakened
     as ice bursts
          the water jar

-- from Haiku Enlightenment, by Gabriel Rosenstock

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Ooh, I like this haiku. Don't you?

It's got sound to it-- You can hear the jar crack and burst from the expanding ice.

We've got the natural element of water. Water in transformation, becoming ice.

And that very human moment of being startled awake, the transitional space between sleep and wakefulness.

All of that's just reading this haiku on the most literal, surface level.

We can, if we choose, catch suggestions of enlightenment. Something within is transforming, expanding, bursting its container. The event awakens us.

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