Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #18 – Yugen (darkness, mysterious)

“Yūgen may be, among generally recondite Japanese aesthetic ideas, the most ineffable. The term is first found in Chinese philosophical texts, where it has the meaning of “dark,” or “mysterious.”

Here is an example of a “yūgen-haiku” by Jane Reichhold:

a swinging gate
on both sides flowers
open – close

© Jane Reichhold

empty bowl
thrown away in the sink
faint scent of tea

from a treetop
emptiness dropped down
in a cicada shell
the soothing sound of spring rain
makes the silence stronger

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

winding staircase
climbing and climbing.  What if
there is no end

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to winding

  1. Nice Yugen haiku Sara. I like the mystery in this one …


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