cattails
September 2016
Haibun
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UHTS collected works


Clear Water
Thomas James Martin
USA


After meditating for a few years, it dawned on me why going with my grandfather to clean our pasture spring was such a strong memory.

spring’s edge
hanging from the willow
an old felt hat

As we cleaned out the brown leaves and small branches, I dimly understood that this was a kind of truth. Cleaning the spring I realized was similar to clearing the detritus from consciousness to experience the clarity.

breathing bubbles
in cold clear water
red salamanders