Tribute to Mr Yojinbo ~ with much love

Fast as the Wind ~ Quiet as the Forest ~

Bold as Fire ~

Immovable as a Mountain ….our Brother


Yojinbo #goodnight お休みなさい ราตรี สวัสดิ์

god natt مساء الخير usiku mwema спокойной ночи

晚安 goeie nag לילה טוב Gute Nacht καληνύχτ

Here is a collection of some of the tributes and messages for our ascended Brother, Mr Yojinbo, as well as some of his own haiku.

It is evident in the words and poetry how much he was loved and will be missed. He touched many of us with his charm and depth and the open offering of his deepest thoughts. Please leave your kind words for Yojinbo (Doug) & his family at the Memorial Service Guest book Let them know how he was loved. You can find a collection of his haiku on Dragonfly Collection ~  and visit his website where he most wonderfully describes himself :

Mr. Yojinbo (AKA the Felonious Monk) has had, in the words of the old Chinese proverb, an interesting life: Texas peace officer, computer software cracker, bank-robber, prisoner, ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, Zen Buddhist, freelance writer, personal fitness trainer. Other bloggers talk the talk. Mr. Yojinbo walks the walk.

Yojinbo i love you all by the way

_Little_Buddha I’m sad @yojinbo died. We will miss him forever. But now he’s on a cloud and will dream forever.

Yojinbo @_Little_Buddha There is great clarity in innocence. We forget that as we grow older. To be a buddha is to rediscover one’s inner child.

Yojinbo Namu Dai Butsu: / We honor the great Buddha / Found within ourselves

Miridunn Our Mr Yojinbo. and my @_Little_Buddha had a connection- he was the first person Little Bud asked if he could follow and he loved Lil Bud

Oshum through clouded sunshine ~ your light always in our heart ~ deeply etched forever

CliveM Words you created / lives you touched – wisdom given / we will not forget

Moonflowernco candle ~ in the window ~ flickers and goes out ~ its afterglow ~ still a beacon #gogyohka #Yojinbo

Miridunn Yes- Mr Yojinbo left words behind that we may continue to know him ~ There are no strangers where he is now

Wingpoem Sleep now, my brother :: wandering warrior, you :: find your way back home

haikunut the morning / heavy with silence / whispers: / there is no right way / to mourn

Miriclaire We mourn with words for our brother,  @haikunut

Miridunn Morning does not break ~ nor the hearts of those who stay – enjoined with his spirit #haiku for Mr Yojinbo

Yojinbo Upon raven’s wings / My dark angel sends her love / To my heart alone.

CDominiqueG RT  Yojinbo We’re so far apart / Yet so intimately bound / Strangers yet lovers. #haiku4U

Jemfyr Jin jumped rope

Miridunn Now Jumping Stars #threewords

Senryunectar words still shimmer bright ~ they resonate and live on ~ so does his spirit

Jemfyr http://tweetphoto.com/37709053 *Namaste* words trail~ with bowed head I turn to leaf~ see you in zen garden Jinny ☀my last tweet to☀ Yojinbo

Miridunn I celebrate that my friend now has the answers he seeks- the peace he needs- I mourn that we are left without him ~ Mr Yojinbo

ddh77 My sincere condolences ~ with much respect

Jemfyr Uprooted Knowledge Tree~// this was a fav of Yojinbo🙂

oshum Mr.yojinbo is Fast as the Wind | Quiet as the Forest | Bold as Fire | Immovable as a Mountain ……. and immortal as LOVE

haikudiaries When I was alone in this twitterverse he showed me a poet’s heart. #memories

Jemfyr Bamboo fencing / center zen / garden rake // #sixwords for Yojinbo

Dragonsatva // There are as many / Poets as there are People: / Life is poetry. #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

traceimages A tree has been planted today named “Tree for Yojinbo” ~ 365 árvores http://ow.ly/2mdDi to honor our dear friend Yojinbo

Jemfyr *Tree for Yojinbo* My new blog post >  Image + poetic words also featured by @traceimages for  Yojinbo

ddh77 Mister Yojinbo was a special man who was kind and generous in his encouragement to me.*hugs*

haikudiaries I just heard the news, and my heart was simply crushed. I’ll miss you, my friend.

Miriclaire His full heart shimmers ~ essence radiates and leaves ~ tethered to our love for Mr Yojinbo

Jemfyr Suspended in spun~ between light and grey~ now breathes FREELY~ where shaded silk sways~ http://tweetphoto.com/37255951

Miridunn Dragonfly or Crow ~ the many metaphors of you ~ all things that do fly #haiku for our Brother Yojinbo

Miriclaire There are lessons to be learned. We honor those who have passed by seeking lessons in their lives. That is how they continue to live in us

Miriclaire Love while you can …. with all you are ….#yojinbo

Jemfyr Written in sand for all time~// @CDominiqueG http://tweetphoto.com/37254181

Dragonsatva // What love promises / Is not a happy ending / But a sad farewell. #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

Yojinbo Just give me a kiss / And I will be your hero / Always there for you. #haiku 4:31 am June 6

ddh77 My poem Mister Yojinbo liked: i hear them whisper ~ calling me to join them there ~ at the end of life {I hope to hear him whisper tonight

HikiMadwoman footsteps / filled by summer rain / falling on the living / falling on the dead / falling #tanka #Yojinbo

Miriclaire We mourn the too-small piece of people we had- and mourn that we will never now get more ~ Mr. yojinbo

ddh77 I was honored and humbled to have Yojinbo be one of the first people to call me a poet. He was a gifted poet, a warrior, a revolutionary.

Miridunn One Light becomes all ~ one Star has become many ~ one Soul now at peace #haiku for Yojinbo our Brother

“Tree for Yojinbo” ~ a tree planted tribute by @traceimages and @Jemfyr: http://ow.ly/2mdDi ~we honor Jin in poetic image~ #Yojinbo

ddh77 Most honored to have been included in Mister Yojinbo‘s Poets and Revolutionaries

hfeaga the loss of friends / burns worse / than the sun ever could ~  Yojinbo

Ddh77 I wish to express my sorry at the passing of Mister Yojinbo, my great honor to have met him, and my respect for his life and beautiful poems

Wingpoem Fly now, my brother :: no earthly cages hold you :: you were always free

Miridunn His full heart shimmers ~ essence radiates and leaves ~ tethered to our love #haiku for Mr Yojinbo

Jemfyr He inspired me to workout~ ‘DAILY’ he would say. So, in my trademark pink & blk, this treadmill run is for (cont) http://tl.gd/2v91qg

Miridunn Stay Golden, Mr Yojinbo

leia_star Time for bed. I’ll look up to the sky tonight and dedicate a kiss to the stars esp. for Yojinbo who’s no longer with us =’( Night x

Miridunn We are not experienced at processing the death of our “virtual” friends like Mr Yojinbo. We are on new ground here. The sadness is the same.

Miriclaire Reminder from our Brother, Mr Yojinbo “i love you all by the way”” // We love you too, Jin

gayea A volatile place where each tests the limits of the other/pushing 4 more/Life struggles against death/light battles the darkness ~

G_times @Yojinbo is it true? hope it isn’t & you are still alive — I only just found you!

Miridunn @G_times I’m afraid it is true. Our Mr Yojinbo has left this plane- but remains with us in our hearts and spirits

Miridunn We are hurting mightily// we need our arms/ spread wide/ wrapped around each other/ we need to love & believe ~ #gogyohka for mr Yojinbo

Jemfyr Memorial Service Guestbook for Yojinbo *Doug*

gayea Hi. I’m so sorry I didn’t keep in touch. Wish I was writing this back when you could have still read it. Forgive me Yojinbo

Miridunn We are glad you found peace ~ RT Yojinbo You will find peace. I did. It’s real. And you can do it too. It just takes time and effort and…

CoonCatt Am I but a Man / Am I but a Dragonfly / Let me fly away // For Yojinbo /l\ Namaste’

gardenbuddha Farewell Yojinbo. I’ll miss your words and ways of seeing the world.

morganabag death /of a friend / mourned /across the wind / tonight for yojinbo

Miridunn The paper birds of our Brother still fly RT Yojinbo Words are paper birds / Fluttering in the tempests / Of our emotion.

ddh77 Thinking of you tonight Yojinbo and missing you ~In the Arms of the Angel by Sarah McLachlan

Miridunn The words once written ~ now more precious do we hold ~no new words will come #haiku for all who love Mr Yojinbo

RavenClause As you close your eyes ~ wings of your heart take to sky ~ like a shooting star. #haiku for Yojinbo

Miriclaire Words from our Brother Yojinbo “If you love me, do something nice for somebody today….”

Yojinbo @Miriclaire Silence spoke my name tonight ~ Daring me to dream again …

Yojinbo If you remember / Only one thing I’ve told you, / Make it, “I love you.”

beezknez: and a teardrop fell ~ the earth drank ~ and a new life grew ~

unremarkable_m Among the words where dust stirs sleep his muse will cultivate the garden of his legacy, letter by letter // for Yojinbo

Miriclaire Words from our Brother Yojinbo “If you love me, do something nice for somebody today

Wingpoem Home now, my brother :: heart of a warrior, you :: live in me always.

Yojinbo // Ask my religion / And my tired eyes reply: / Life is suffering

ZenDirtZenDust We’re given or make 4 ourselves a little bit of time. Don’t waste it. Tell the ppl U love that U love them. & give them a hug 4 me.~  Yojinbo

Miridunn Once Yojinbo gave me the word “platypus” to write him a haiku. Here it is: Nature surprises ~ slow rapids, lost clouds, ash skies ~ and the platypus

Yojinbo matchless beauty / You are the heart of my heart / My one true treasure. #valentine4u

beezknez Memory of Yojinbo Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t give up

Miridunn Wisdom from our Brother, Mr Yojinbo “Every day you wake up is a potential deathday. So live your life like you will never die”

Dragonsatva // Autumn in the air / Making summer’s angry voice / A gentle whisper. #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

Dragonsatva “No pain. No hurt. Leave behind those frozen years, come with me and we’ll go dreaming…” -BT “Dreaming” for Yojinbo

Letter from @Etsujin_Haiku ~ This really makes my heart sad. He was not only one of the greatest haiku poets I ever had the privilege of reading, but he was just a genuinely good and inspirational person.

I only live 4 hours to the north of where he lived his beautiful life. We are both Texans and shared a sort of kinship in that. After I read your post Friday the skies opened up and it poured a rare hard rain for August in Texas. I sat and watched the sadness pour down and my heart sunk low.

However, I realized that all the change he wanted for this world can’t die with him, and I will look to him as an inspiration to carry on his work of beauty, love, and equality.

Miriam Dunn Macdonald ~ That is a lovely tribute to our Mr Yojinbo- It rained hard everywhere…when Mr Yojinbo left us…

VacuumVixen struggling to find the right words ~ grasping for something ~ to express gratitude ~ for meeting you ~ a beautiful spirit #truth #Yojinbo

Dragonsatva // The truest measure / Of one’s life is not its length, / But, rather, its depth. #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

ThoseThr3Words Knowing that flesh/is but dust/in the wind/words cry out/to be immortal. #gogyohka

Yojinbo : When your eyes are closed / Don’t complain about the dark: / Just open your eyes. #haiku #zen

Yojinbo Life is like a ship / We board the day we are born, / That sinks mid-voyage.

Miridunn Words from Mr Yojinbo we’re all in this together… Thursday, May 13, 2010

CoonCatt Our friend RT @Dragonsatva Yojinbo, a poet, passed away last night. Collection of his haiku on Dragonfly Collection ~

ZenDirtZenDust ~ Yojinbo brought wisdom and fire to my practice. I will miss his voice but still feel the warmth of his words. Cheers and Namu.

Dragonsatva // When we ride the waves / We don’t know where we’re going / Only that we’ll go… #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

Miridunn And he continues to speak to us rt  Yojinbo Where the dust settles / We see the words of the wind / Spoken without sound. #haiku

Yojinbo Don’t carry the dead / Nor bury yourself with them: / Life is for living.

CDominiqueG 01~01~10 / 06 ~05 ~10/ 08~04~10 #haiku Yojinbo~ dates I will never ever forget

Yojinbo That feeble old sun / Can not match the radiance / I see within you.

LiuTiemo listen, listen / but when the whirlwind speaks / do not believe it Yojinbo

tiny_epic Our friend passed away/ this should be our wake up call/ to live and love now. for Yojinbo

Yojinbo Ask my religion / And I’ll reply, “When frightened, / It’s your hand in mine.”

Dragonsatva / crow flies • one last time • not knowing • night will be • without morning // #gogyohka for Yojinbo

Yojinbo Ask my religion / And I’ll reply, “When lonely, / Your arms around me.”

oshum RT @yojinbo You don’t love someone / For their better qualities / But despite their worst. #love ///in memory of a brother…

leia_star My warm, gentle friend / your words touch my soul deeply / wonderful feeling #Yojinbo

Yojinbo It’s not the long drive / That makes life interesting. / It’s all in the turns

JDProuty Lucinda Williams – Sweet Old World #yojinbo ♫

leia_star RT @Yojinbo … love is the key to everything #sixwords

Yojinbo Her kiss so sublime / It’s a moment on her lips / In eternal bliss. #haiku #love

Dragonsatva // Don’t waste a moment: / As your heart beats a tattoo / Death dances closer. #haiku by Yojinbo, from the Dragonfly Collection

Miridunn One of his last tweets to me from Mr Yojinbo rt @Yojinbo @Miriclaire Silence spoke my name tonight ~ Daring me to dream again …

Yojinbo The teacher’s footsteps— Eight steps to Awakening— Echo within me… —In memory of John Daido Loori Roshi, #haiku #memoriam

CDominiqueG RT: Yojinbo This song is going out to Christy on this new years eve… ♫ http://blip.fm/~ikah4

Yojinbo O matchless beauty / You are the heart of my heart / My one true treasure. #haiku #romance #valentine4u

ZenDirtZenDust Yojinbo, a poet, passed away last night. You can find a collection of his haiku on the Dragonfly Collection ~ | saddened.

Miriclaire One Light becomes all ~ one Star has become many ~ one Soul now at peace #haiku for our Brother

JDProuty Poets come and go ~ but their essence lingers on ~ in haiku moments #yojinbo

Miridunn We celebrate you ~in syllables of haiku ~ like your life too short #haiku for our Brother @yojinbo

Yojinbo Hope is defiance / A candle in the darkness / Refusing to die.

yearning4d_sky Strange~ how some souls~ in seventeen syllables~ touch your inner core #haiku in memory of Yojinbo

yearning4d_sky Stubborn was he ~clinging to words in times~ of stress hoping for love #haiku in memory of @yojinbo

roseasho #FollowFriday Forever Love Yojinbo ❤ our nice friend always keep in our good memories ❤ ❤ ❤

Dragonsatva // no moon • he must have taken it • with him // #senryu @yojinbo

oshum He dances on wind ~ whispers in rustling leaves ~ shines in rays of sun…..NOW…there his poetry can be read. Dedicated to Yojinbo

LunaJune we take with us love ~ death is a part of the journey~ till paths cross again

unremarkable_m Don’t waste a moment: / As your heart beats a tattoo / Death dances closer. by Yojinbo from Dragonfly Collection

apemanb Sleep well Yojinbo x

gardenbuddha Ask my religion ~ and I’ll reply ~ a question mark. #haiku for  Yojinbo

Miridunn We mourn the too-small piece of people we had- and mourn that we will never now get more ~ Mr. yojinbo

Jemfyr Blue Lotus~ Conch, shanka~ Endless Knot, shrivatsa~ Victory Banner, dhvaja

Jemfyr @CDominiqueG’s interview with Yojinbo < love this

leia_star A single teardrop / turns into a waterfall / silence in our hearts #haiku . Yojinbo.. this is a truly sad day…

Jemfyr Anubis~ Yojinbo told me: Sphinx, she’s my swan~ (@CDominiqueG) … she is twin to my soul~

Jemfyr @traceimages and I have @CDominiqueG and Yojinbo in our hearts forever~

TinaNguyen children ask / why? / adults ask / why? / truth is, we don’t know // #gogyohka

Jemfyr love you sharing with us… Yojinbo stories… made me smile sis… I am sure our sis @CDominiqueG would agree.. thank you > @Miridunn

Jemfyr He invited me to renga and basically said… you can do this in your sleep ma fleur…just be you~ memories…@Miridunn

Jemfyr RT @Miridunn: HAH_ first time I tried to join Yojinbo renga he basically told me to BUTT OUT!!! we were friends ever since :-)) / so Jinny

Miridunn HAH_ first time I tried to join Yojinbo renga he basically told me to BUTT OUT!!! we were friends ever since :-))

Meryl333 is a beautiful spirit /poet names Yojinbo who passed on last night. In memory, check out his tweets & blog. Good stuff.

prapurva Just as- a wave comes and creates. Yojinbo May angels take care of him

Yojinbo we will speak again one day, (cont) http://tl.gd/2uordt

lippy73 On the breeze / a deep sigh / the collective exhale / of sadness / at a life’s end —in memory

Jemfyr Jin~Jin honored me & the collaborative works w/ @traceimages~ most poetically on 4/27/10 Blog post: http://bit.ly/67R8Y9

xoix Life is a tangle/ of tears, giggles and sighs/ of hellos and goodbyes #haiku by yojinbo /@Pookandgrace: Goodbye yojinbo

Jemfyr The nights of renga: @Yojinbo @CDominiqueG @senryunectar @wingpoem @Jemfyr @urbancrafter

traceimages A poet’s winged heart soars above the world… rest well Yojinbo, we will speak again one day, as children do ~ namaste my brother ~

Yojinbo Ask my religion, / And I’ll reply: “When tired, / It is a soft bed.” #haiku

Phil_B108 Those “ask my religion” tweets by the departed  Yojinbo are truly wonderful.

Jemfyr My Friday poetry will be dedicated to Yojinbo… Jinny did all-nighters, writing, musing… he weaved words of truth… he loved my best sis

morganabag words / scattered / on the wind / make friends / of strangers /touched by death / blessed be # for yojinbo

Jemfyr Thank you for the tribute honoring Jin~ he was our friend, poet by nature… my words pale in his light~ @Dragonsatva

Dragonsatva My brother Yojinbo always questioned God. I am hoping with all my heart that God is serving him tea and answering questions.

Miridunn Tears will fill this stream for our Mr. yojinbo ~ poet and warrior and friend

Yojinbo // Ask my religion / And I’ll reply, “When hungry, / It’s a bowl of soup.”

Yojinbo Ask my religion / And I’ll reply, “When lonely, / Your arms around me.”

lippy73 Just read about Yojinbo passing last night. To those who loved him, my deepest sympathies. We will miss him here on Twitter

Yojinbo Ask my religion / And I’ll reply, “When frightened, / It’s your hand in mine.”

Dragonsatva Yojinbo, a poet, passed away last night. You can find a collection of his haiku on the Dragonfly Collection ~ http://2.ly/chtk

MiridunnWords from our ascended Brother Yojinbo The darkest shadows / Can only be created / By the brightest lights.

yearning4d_sky a life not lived~ in vain, if my heart has touched~ yours #haiku for Yojinbo

Miridunn Quiet as the forest ~ Fast as the wind ~ he came into our lives then was gone again ~ our Yojinbo ~ you will be missed dearly

Miridunn Last night Yojinbo passed away. Such sad news. A beautiful soul. He will be missed

Twinz2 Prayers & light. Yojinbo

dirkjohnson In memory of. Yojinbo . Om Mani Padme Hung.

senryunectar Last night Yojinbo passed away. A very sad day to lose a poet of his caliber. His magnificent voice.

CDominiqueG Thank you all for well wishes and your tributes to Yojinbo. I’m still at a loss for words, I love him and always will

Yojinbo I’ve been figuring out some things…about myself and about life. I think I finally figured it all out. Only took me forty years to do it.

Yojinbo Wanna do me a favor? Never give up. That’s all I ask.

O let us talk of quiet that we know, that we can know, the deep & lovely quiet of a strong heart at peace…D.H. Lawrence

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Preservative Woman, Miriam Claire, brian carlin, ~♥ ~ and others. Miriam Claire said: Our Collective Tributes to Mr Yojinbo ~ Please share http://ow.ly/2prUw for our Brother @yojinbo […]

  2. Very excellent tribue to Yojinbo. We never seem to know a man until he leaves us wanting to hear his words. We are all silenced at some time, and it is in our words that people learn who we are.

  3. Thank you all for coming together ~ as we so often do, in love ~ Words Matter

  4. we touch each others souls in so many ways,
    with words, with deeds, with our thoughts.
    We inspire eachother,
    we learn and teach,
    we share.

    what a fabulous tribute to a man we all connected to in so many different ways
    glad to have connected
    peace to his soul
    and thoughts of sympathy to his family and friends

  5. […] This post was Twitted by mayarhythm […]

  6. Mr. Yojinbo (Doug) is my little brother. I would like to say that I’m blown away by all of the love and respect for Doug. Thank you very much for creating this tribute. His life was short, but he touched more lives than he could have imagined. Rest in peace little brother.

    • I am so sorry for your unspeakable loss, Tom. Yes, he touched so many lives. I am so glad you found this tribute to him. It is but a small piece of our affection. Be well.

  7. Yojinbo is Japanese for “bodyguard”. A 17th-century samurai in casual kimono with just one long sword on side is the typical image, while a samurai was formally supposed to wear two swords (long one and short one) thrust in the sash. The yojinbo would hate to work for any particular feudal lord because they loved carefree life. They mostly made a living by working as bodyguards for rich merchants. They were usually well-read and deep thinkers. The Texan yojinbo I followed on Twitter will remain in my heart as a good yojinbo friend. AshiAkira

    • Thank you for your thoughtful response.

  8. I love how this tribute has been woven together as I met Yohinbo on line was not aware until weeks later via words on twitter what had happen I was so sad tears fell from my eyes i did not know who to talk to or go to, meeting one on line that is the only connection one often has to a person you have made connection with shared words developed a friendship. to have this here to read and just to sit reading through the many people words for Yojinbo his life and words touched gives me a sense of peace I see many names here that I have also grown to know over the time on line and feel very close to. Thankyou love peace happiness to all . Good bye Yojinbo always Beezknez.<3

    • I am rewarded to know this gives you a sense of peace. We create powerful connections with others online because we share the truest part of ourselves with courage and openness. We create rich communities and when one leaves, as has our Yojinbo, the loss is greatly felt. But we can come together, as we have here, to share our sorrow and our love and memories. Be well.

  9. Gentle warrior/ welcomed all to his temple / now this novice weeps

    we have lost a friend and mentor – who sword pared away only that which was not needed. May your spirit be guided home to find peace.

    • Thank you for your wonderful contribution to our Tribute to our sweet, gentle warrior

  10. his touching haiku ~ insightful, poignant, deep, real ~ lasting legacy

  11. Beautiful tribute to a man who uplifted many hearts.
    Mia xo

  12. Very excellent tribute to a thinking man, poet, and brother. Every time I see the new moon, I think of him, and how he took it with him when he left.

  13. And here we are … thinking of this beautiful soul, once again

  14. And here we are … thinking of this beautiful soul, once again


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