Toadsong

Toadsong

A Poem by Moonie
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~Zen~

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Imagine floating on top of
swollen summer ponds
in the windswept aftermath
of night's rain--
waddling on lily pads
where lotuses rise with unbent stems
and the earthen scents paint
the air steamy-warm.
Dawn's silence stirs and dissolves
in the round green fronds,
with the monotone drone
of the toad song,
just as sunrise comes
flooding up
luscious and golden, like
maple syrup.

© 2020 Moonie


Author's Note

Moonie
The state of Zen alludes to mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of "no-mindness". That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything.
The philosophy of Zen emphasizes rigorous self-restraint, meditation-practice, insight into the nature of mind and nature of things, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through spiritual practice.

Many haikus are written with the philosophy of Zen in mind, the most famous of them being Basho's "Old Pond", which is translated as
'old pond
frog leaps in
water's sound'
I wanted to capture the essence of that haiku through this poem, using the Western format of free verse English poetry to convey a similar feeling.

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well done says i ... poetry with spiritual calm and imaging soothing is my cup of tea. i also love your note, Moon Girl ... not enough of us Westerners even know there is teaching about "no mind" ... and probably less interested in attempting the attitude .. so much to do ya know ;} your title! perfect .. the "toad" .. not attractive .. the "song" ... something of beauty but the toad's .. loud, obnoxious and intrusive .. like all the flooding thoughts and images entering when attempting to meditate .. for me... your poem stirs the images of water lillys, smells after a rain, cool of early morning, gold sunrise and (my favorite) the droning ... that for me is the key .. if we latch on to that and let everything else go we can get there ... maple syrup :) .... yum! :))
E.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Moonie

11 Months Ago

Yess yess yes! Bang on! Exactly the allegory I wanted to convey. The reflections on the pond and nat.. read more
Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

yep ... the wandering mind is inherent ... trying to tame it isn't ;)



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Twigs in a slowly meandering river.
Racing, but not for victory.
Pooh Bear would be proud.


Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Moonie

4 Months Ago

Hehe right! Thank you! Sorry for the late reply
This is excellent. You’ve created a lovely, dreamy quality with your words, but not unnecessarily sentimental. Some of the phrasing is beautiful, particularly ‘Dawns silence stirs and dissolves’

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Moonie

4 Months Ago

Hey thank you so much! Sorry for the late reply i haven't been active at all
Certainly a peaceful scene. I feel like I was there, in the middle of the pond. I think the only thing I don't like about poems is that they tend to be short, and the place where they take you goes away pretty quickly, so the sensation is pretty elusive. Nonetheless, great work! I loved it! You sure took me to that pond, if only for a moment.

Posted 11 Months Ago


wonderful imagery! I love love love this one Ms Moon! I love ponds I made one once I can spend hours reflecting over a pond... and that's what you just did in this lovely poem!

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Moonie

11 Months Ago

Thank you soo much! I love ponds as well, and my friend owns a toad. Won't say I'm too fond of them,.. read more
well done says i ... poetry with spiritual calm and imaging soothing is my cup of tea. i also love your note, Moon Girl ... not enough of us Westerners even know there is teaching about "no mind" ... and probably less interested in attempting the attitude .. so much to do ya know ;} your title! perfect .. the "toad" .. not attractive .. the "song" ... something of beauty but the toad's .. loud, obnoxious and intrusive .. like all the flooding thoughts and images entering when attempting to meditate .. for me... your poem stirs the images of water lillys, smells after a rain, cool of early morning, gold sunrise and (my favorite) the droning ... that for me is the key .. if we latch on to that and let everything else go we can get there ... maple syrup :) .... yum! :))
E.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Moonie

11 Months Ago

Yess yess yes! Bang on! Exactly the allegory I wanted to convey. The reflections on the pond and nat.. read more
Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

yep ... the wandering mind is inherent ... trying to tame it isn't ;)

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