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Monday, March 9, 2015


Carpe Diem #683, Brush


Death poem by Shinsui (* - 1769)
This "death haiku" was written by Shinsui. During his last moment, Shinsui's disciples requested that he write a death poem. He grasped his brush, painted a circle, cast the brush aside, and died. The circle— indicating the void, the essence of everything, enlightenment— is one of the most important symbols of Zen Buddhism.
He (Shinsui) wrote this with a brush and it was a revelation ... he finally was enlightened. This death poem was the major idea for this prompt, brush. And I (Chèvrefeuille) love to challenge you to create a haiga with just one stroke of a brush ... and compose a haiku to go along with it.

My attempt at a single stroke drawing.

brush the neck's nape
sensual chills -
©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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