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Paul Reps’ Green Tea

#Haiku Happenings #9: Nicholas Klacsanzky presents Paul Reps’ “Green Tea” with commentaries!

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Paul Reps (1895 – 1990) (USA)

First, some background on this haiga:

“In the early ‘50s, Reps, who was in his forties, had traveled to Japan en route to visit a respected Zen master in Korea. He went to the passport office to apply for his visa and was politely informed that his request was denied due to the conflict that had just broken out. Reps walked away, and sat down quietly in the waiting area. He reached into his bag, pulled out his thermos and poured a cup of tea. Finishing his tea, he pulled out a brush and paper upon which he wrote a picture poem. The clerk read the poem and it brought tears to his eyes. He smiled, bowed with respect, and stamped Reps’ passport for passage to Korea.”

– Excerpt from Living in Balance, by Joel & Michelle Levey

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This short, intense…

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