Basho’s Lilies – A New Way of Seeing

Basho’s haiku about lilies consists of only three short lines, containing a few brief words. Those of us who love this haiku have discovered that it gets deeper and more meaningful on each consecutive reading. Try memorizing it, and starting or ending your day with it. Try saying it when you’re on the verge of becoming stressed, or too busy. Try saying it as a prayer of thanksgiving, or of acceptance. Trying looking at other things in your world in the manner of this haiku. “The Lilies” can become a path to more deeply appreciating life – a new way of seeing.

ominaeshi / sono kuki nagara / hana nagara

The lilies!
The stems, just as they are.
The flowers, just as they are.

~ Matsuo Basho

You might enjoy learning more about Japanese poet Basho here: Basho and the art of haiku

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