Mar 01 2010
to fully explore
by Gabriel Rosenstock
to fully explore
a rustic rose
the frantic bee disappears
— from Haiku: The Gentle Art of Disappearing, by Gabriel Rosenstock
/ Photo by Berverly & Pack /
It’s been too long since we last featured a haiku by the contemporary Irish poet Gabriel Rosenstock. I had planned to select a haiku of his on the moon — in honor of this past weekend’s full moon — but this meditation on the bee’s journey into the heart of the rose just grabbed me. Perhaps I’m getting impatient for warmer weather and the warm scent of roses.
I just love the layers of meaning we can read into these three lines. The more deeply we explore this haiku, the frantic mind, like the bee, disappears…
Gabriel Rosenstock is the author/translator of over 100 books, including 12 volumes of poetry in Irish and a number of volumes of bilingual haiku. A member of Aosdana, the Irish Academy of Arts and Letters, he has given readings in Europe, the US, India, Australia and Japan. He has translated into Irish the selected poems of, among others, Francisco X. Alarcon, S. Heaney, G. Grass, W M Roggeman, Said, M. Augustin, P. Huchel, G. Trakl, G. Heym, H. Schertenleib and his Irish-language versions of haiku masters Issa, Buson, Shiki, Santoka and others are much loved in his native country.
The selections form Uttering Her Name are addressed to Dar Óma, a Celtic goddess, daughter of OGHMA who gave the gift of writing to the Celts. The communication to Dar Óma at times seems addressed to an impersonal God(dess) and, at others, to someone immediate, felt, touched.
Gabriel Rosenstock describes the work as neo-bhakti and, indeed, it has a strong feel of some of the great bhakti poetry, like that of Mirabai.
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