Friday, 28 August 2009


"A hot morning;
At the bottom of the waterfall
Shines a rainbow"

June 4, 1993

[Same day as the haiku below (Waterfall), same place. In this shaded, densely forested, and hidden part of the valley, where the small waterfall was splashing on the thirsty stones, a "mini-rainbow," not bigger than two persons standing side by side, magically appeared on the stones...]

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The Autumn Leaf

"The autumn leaf in my hand:
 Wrinkled cheeks
 On a grandmother's face"


[Early in the morning,arriving at NDU,a dry yellow tree leaf which I picked
of the floor and laid in the palm of my hand, reminds me suddenly,
 of the inevitable fact of old age and death.]

Thursday, 6 August 2009


"A hot day;
Deep in the valley
The waterfall refreshes the stones"

June 4, 1993

[Somewhere in the north of Lebanon, we were hiking with friends and went down a very luxuriant valley. It was very hot and probably before mid-day when we reached the lush bottom of the valley. The sound of falling water led us to an almost hidden corner where a mini-waterfall was splashing on the rocks. In this secluded place, in the surrounding silence, in the heat of the day, at least the stones were happy!]