In the sleeping woods,
Each sound adds to the silence –
Even falling trees.
Hey Basho!! I was going through your Haiku poems. They are beautiful. I came upon this one and was curious to know why you took to ‘falling trees’ and not ‘falling leaves’.
Hi and thanks. First of all, I could not use falling leaves as we are too far into winter now and there are no more leaves on the trees. But, the main reason is as a reference to a famous Zen koan (a type of riddle, which, when pondered over for a while, is supposed to bring about a leap of consciousness, leading to a new way of perceiving the world as it really is, free from conditioning). The koan in question is, ‘If a tree falls in the woods and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?’ As I was sitting in the woods, each sound really did seem to add to the calm, silence, and I remembered this koan.
That’s really well put.
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