7 thoughts on “Fireworks Haiku

    1. jhanagan2014 Post author

      Hello, Hariod,

      Fragment 30 of Heraclitus says:
      This universe, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an everlasting (sometimes translated ‘ever-living’) fire…
      Although I was trying to play with the contrast between ‘evanescence’ and ‘everlasting,’ I also see rich meaning in “ever-living fire.”

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  1. Hariod Brawn

    Thank you John. I am immediately reminded of the Buddha’s Fire Sermon, though doubtless the link is tenuous at best:

    “Having led the thousand bhikkhus to Gayā’s Head, the Blessed One reflected, ‘What kind of Dhamma talk would be suitable for them?’ He then realized, ‘In the past they worshipped the fire morning and evening. I will teach them that the twelve sense bases are burning and blazing. In this way they will be able to attain arahantship.'”

    I think this also is a somewhat clumsy segue to the ‘fire’ reference which you yourself made John!

    I am greatly enjoying the subtlety and delicacy of your Haiku more generally by the way.

    All best wishes to you.

    Hariod.

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