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Bashō and Summer Nights
incense burner outdoors last night
Our own garden greens with store-bought avocado, almonds, watermelon, and
Now, the days begin getting shorter. At
first, we won’t notice it; but by September, these wonderful, long, golden
summer evenings will begin to fade away.
It’s something to be sad about, but it’s
nature’s way. Last night, we burned Tibetan healing incense outdoors as a
salutation to the sun, and as an offering of comfort and compassion for all
sentient beings. Have you ever offered incense outdoors? I love it. There’s
something about a gentle breeze carrying the fragrance to the sky, while swirls
of smoke weave their way through the gardens.
Dinner last night was a big salad of our own
garden lettuces, arugula, kale, and Italian parsley, with store-bought almonds,
watermelon, avocado, and carrots, dressed in a simple olive oil balsamic
vinaigrette. Eating garden food I’ve grown myself on the summer solstice? I
don’t see how life gets sweeter than that.
Japanese haiku (hokku) poet Matsuo Basho always captured
simply and beautifully, in the style of haikai no renga, the exquisite sensory
experiences of the seasons. This is my favorite of his summer haikus: I clap my hands