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Zen Art

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Zen art has this characteristic quality, that it can fuse delight in a work of visual art, knowledge of life, and personal experiences and intuitions into one creative event.

Gyodai conveys some of the wildness of this planet in a motionless vignette:

In the cold sky of dawn
Only a single pine tree
On the peak.

Basho's image is dynamic:

The sea darkening:
Oh, voices of the wild birds
Crying, whirling, white.

Basho uses both the animal and the insensate worlds to give us another image, helping us feel the awe and mystery of cosmic wildness:

Lightning flashing:
Beyond the darkness darts
A night heron's scream.