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Haiku
by Judith M. Ashley

Bits of our past
Slumbering in taped cartons
Will we seek them out?

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Them and us again
We are separate from you
Insane illusion

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Seeking to know now
How real the illusion
Living in ego

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Lost in mind and thought
Trailing the story of me
Circling the now

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Childhood. Where now?
All gone, stuck in memories
Life is in the now

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This burden of mind
Good or Bad? Now is neutral
Be present to life

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When now is allowed
Without mind interruption
No labels happen

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No egoic noise
Consciousness itself
I am totally alive

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Embrace this moment?
Mind says: “Ignorance is bliss.
Don’t look. Don’t look now.”

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Walk on this sweet earth
No longer as a burden
Beauty without mind

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This very moment
Space, silence, stillness, peace, now
Timeless dimension

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Now is eternal
“How can that be possible?”
Ego speaks again

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The infinite now
Spoken in haiku of joy
Is that now or then?

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Endless now
Unfolding from pure essence
Without my consent

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Egoic life view:
One thing after another
Mental illusion

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Totally present?
“I cannot remember that.”
Little me survives!

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A reality:
My body is illusion
Aliveness is now

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Fullness of the now
A field of still presence
Without any thought

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Lost in mind and thought
Telling my story again
Unconscious to now

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Cotoneaster
And Pearly Everlasting
Bumblebee’s delight

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When now is allowed
Without ego’s mental noise
Awareness unfolds

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In depth of dark night
Easier to write haiku
Forgotten at dawn

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It oozed from his pores
Jealousy at thirty-six
Resisting her love