Spiritual Poetry

poetryIn this section I have spiritual poetry written by me at different points along my spiritual awakening journey. The majority of these poems were written after I received epiphanies or wisdom insights regarding my true nature. The tanka and haiku are written in the koan spirit.

The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.

A koan is a puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism as an aid to meditation and a means of gaining spiritual awakening. Tanka and haiku poetry should not be consumed one after the other. Rather, each day you can read one of these poems, then take the rest of the day to contemplate it. When seeking the deeper meaning of the poetry an insight can happen. The longer poems are also spiritual and can give insight to the reader. I hope you enjoy my poetry!

Long Poems

Tanka & Haiku Poems