Episode 23: Tea Talk – Haiku: A Way of Life

Tea Talk – Haiku: A Way of Life. Painting: French Tea Garden (also known as The Terre-Cuite Tea Set, 1910) by Childe Hassam (1859–1935)

Guest poets Cor van den Heuvel, Emiko Miyashita, and Bruce Kennedy join Al and Donna in an open discussion on haiku as a way of life.


Intro Quote:

“In my hands I hold a bowl of tea. I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently drinking, I feel these become part of me.”
— Description of the Way of Tea, attributed to Tea Master, Rikyū

Intro Poem

a locomotive whistle
fills the tea room
evening chill
— Bruce Kennedy (translated reading by Emiko Miyashita)