The Essential Haiku – Basho

Deep autumn-
my neighbour,
how does he live, I wonder?

-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-

Autumn moonlight-
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.

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First day of spring-
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

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Spring!
a nameless hill
in the haze.

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The oak tree
not interested
in cherry blossoms

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Harvest moon-
walking around the pond
all night long.

– – – – – – – –

How admirable!
to see lightning and not think
life is fleeting.

* * * * * * * *

Good house:
sparrows out back
feasting in the millet.

. . . . . . . .

Winter solitude-
in a world of one colour
the sound of wind.

– – – – – – – – – –

The clouds
are giving these moon-watchers
a little break.

* * * * * *

The beginning of art-
a rice-planting song
in the backcountry.

– – – – – – –

You could turn this way,
I’m also lonely
this autumn evening.

. . . . . . .

Don’t imitate me;
it’s as boring
as the two halves of a melon.

— — — — — — –

A field of cotton-
as if the moon
had flowered.

–Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
-Edited with verse translation by Robert Hass

Author: nehal

Physician by profession, I like to spend my spare time reading literature and philosophy, getting to know different cultures and exploring various forms of creative expressions,..paintings,music, photography, cinema, theatre, sculpture and of course poetry. I usually write in my mother tongue Gujarati and sometimes in Hindi and English. Nehal’s world is at the crossroads of my inner and outer worlds, hope you like the journey…

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