Haikus for the Last Breath


Four poems were chosen from Japanese death poems by zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death - Yoel Hoffmann. Photomontages and image transfers paired with each Haiku are from my own photography.

Tanaka Shutei (1810-1858) resonated with me creatively.

Frost on a summer day,
all I leave behind is water
that has washed my brush.

Yosa Buson (1716-1784) beautifully expresses the transition from life to death with the metaphor of a butterfly.

Hard to describe:
this light sensation of being pinched
by a butterfly!

Oto (-1935) offers a simple and deep reflection on life.
At night my sleep
Embraces the summer shadows
Of my life

Asenjo (-1776), a geisha and Buddhist nun, expresses the incomprehensible physical pain of departing.

Depths of cold,
Ocean roar.

The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book
The Last Breath – Sculpture and artist book

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