Category: death

“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at…

“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.”

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Chains of maile brush the river, mesmerized by meandering death. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark…

Chains of maile brush 

the river, mesmerized by 

meandering death. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

The more alive one becomes, the more one feels death watching. This is good. —Red Leaf Haiku by ©…

The more alive one 

becomes, the more one feels death 

watching. This is good. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

Death has an open door for the dead and a locked door for the living. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John…

Death has an open 

door for the dead and a locked 

door for the living. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

What’s funny about jokes is there’s a bit of death behind every one. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark…

What’s funny about 

jokes is there’s a bit of death 

behind every one. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

Mistaking death for sleep is one thing. But never mistake sleep for death. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John…

Mistaking death for 

sleep is one thing. But never 

mistake sleep for death. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

Never has there been a more misinterpreted friend to life than death. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John…

Never has there been 

a more misinterpreted 

friend to life than death. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

A slight giddiness is normal upon learning death has come and gone. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark…

A slight giddiness 

is normal upon learning 

death has come and gone. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

Fittingly, the rays of death from his eyes match the color of her hair. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John…

Fittingly, the rays 

of death from his eyes match the 

color of her hair. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

Death fears nuclear weapons, for one day they may leave him no more work. —Red Leaf Haiku by © John…

Death fears nuclear 

weapons, for one day they may 

leave him no more work. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer