matsuo basho

Basho – Slender, so slender

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Photo by flickr user Arnoud Boekhoorn. All rights revert to originator.

Slender, so slender
its stalk bends under dew —
little yellow flower.

 

-Matsuo Bashō, 17th c. Japan

Matsuo Basho – Under My Tree-Roof

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A statue of Matsuo Basho © Tony McNicol

 

under my tree-roof
slanting lines of April rain
separate to drops