Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #3


building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets

Hira Mikami
yuki sashiwatase
sagi no hashi

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Monday, January 08, 2018

Weekly Basho Haiku #2


more reassuring
than in a dream
the real hawk

yume yori no
utsutsu no taka zo
tanomoshiki

~Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold

Monday, January 01, 2018

Weekly Basho Posts

I'm going to be posting a weekly Basho haiku on the blog here each Monday in 2018. I've sampled these few poems from a book of his complete haiku translated and edited by Jane Reichhold. It's a great book with a lot of supplementary material as well. If there are errors in the Japanese transcriptions I'm placing below her English translations (or errors in the English, for that matter) it is entirely my fault and not hers and they probably crept in while I was typing the posts. If something seems off, drop me a line using the contact form below on the right. Rest assured, your e-mail will only be used for possibly e-mailing you back and for selling to Russian hackers. Hope you enjoy them.

Weekly Basho Haiku #1


in the night
meeting a thief who also stole
the end of the year

musubito ni
ota yo mo ari
toshi no kure

~ Basho

Translated by Jane Reichhold