I created this haiga in response to a poem by the Buddhist sage Milarepa presented as a haiku prompt on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Songs of Milarepa
Versatile are flying clouds,
Yet from the sky they’re not apart.
Mighty are the ocean’s waves,
Yet they are not separate from the sea.
Heavy and thick are banks of fog,
Yet from the air they’re not apart.
Frantic runs the mind in voidness,
Yet from the Void it never separates.
He who can “weigh” Awareness
Will understand the teaching
He who sees wandering
Thoughts sneaking in like thieves,
Will understand the instruction
Of watching these intruding thoughts.
He who experiences his mind wandering outside,
Will realize the allegory
Of the Pigeon and the Boat at Sea*.