Ode to Friday: Basho and Issa


The wren
Earns his living

– Issa

An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

– Bashō

No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

– Bashō

~ Selection of haiku by Matsuo Bashō (Japanese, 1644-1694) and Kobayashi Issa (Japanese, 1763-1827)


Image: photo of Clinamen, a work by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


2 thoughts on “Ode to Friday: Basho and Issa

  1. frank, eloquent verse. thank you for sharing these insightful poems (and your captivating image) with me. tony


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