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.
Basho offers us a synesthetic stimulus at once strong and delicate:
As bell tones fade,
Blossom scents take up the ringing:
Delicate and soft is Kikaku's picture
A full moon:
On the tatami
Falls the shadow of pines.
Some unknown haiku writer gives us an unforgettable vignette of patient womanhood, a quick glimpse that can go on and on reverberating for a long time:
As she washes rice
Her smiling face is briefly
Lit by a firefly.
The sweet young woman, the noble poet, the pine-tree calligraphies, the resonant, fragrant air--all transformed by art and by our imaginations into spiritually significant events.