Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NaPoMo, April 28.

no bridge
and the sun going down--
spring currents

Although I had always thought that I liked Issa the most among the famous quartet of Japanese masters, yet I find the pages of the little notebook that contain my favourite haiku, filled with the verses of Buson more than anybody else's. Yosa Buson, the second among the greatest Japanese masters,lived from 1716 to 1784 and was a painter of distinction as well as a poet which explains why his poetry is so vivid and sensuous, so rich in visual detail.

old well
leaping for a mosquito
a dark fish sound

young bamboo trees
at Hashimoto -- the courtesan,
is she still there or not?

       I go
you stay;
       two autumns.

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