Dragonfly

One day when Bashó and one of his 10 disciples, Kikaku, were going through a rice field, Kikaku composed a haiku on a red dragonfly that caught his fancy. He showed it to Basho

Take a pair of wings

From a dragonfly, you would

Make a pepper pod.

No, said Bashó. “that is not a haiku. You kill the dragonfly. If you want to compose a haiku and give life to it, you must say:

Add a pair of wings

To a pepper pod, you would

Make a dragonfly.

Kenneth Yasuda, The Japanese Haiku

Adding wings…giving life…A subtle shift changes the whole picture. What does it take in our thinking? In our world today?

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