Basho Charmed

#242

on a mountain path
where something might charm you
a wild violet

 

I hope to keep up on these posts as well and for there not to be any missed weeks. I have my own haiku scheduled to post on Monday. What haiku poets do you like?

Johnny Jump Up flower

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Basho in the Pond

Here is what is the most read and well-known of Matsuo Basho’s haiku poems.

#152

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

herd of elk,elk in a lake,elk in a pond,

I didn’t have a picture of a frog in a pond.

Basho in Darkness

#137
folly in darkness
grasping a thorn
instead of a firefly

 

I think we have all had this experience. Use the share button to share the master poet’s work.

supermoon rising,big moon,full moon,

 

Basho on a bare branch.

#120

on a bare branch
a crow settled down
autumn evening

 

This is, I think, one of Basho’s better-known poems. Comment below if you’ve ever read it before.

salmon sky,pink sky,light fading,sunlight,pink clouds,

The Wild Goose by Basho

#53

separated by clouds
the wild goose lives apart for a while
from his friend

goose on a lake,goose resting,goose cleaning itself,canadian goose,

 

Basho and Red Leaves

#49

in everyone’s mouth
the tongue of autumn’s
red leaves

I love that centuries before there were basic white girls sipping on lattes Basho was already tired of everyone talking about how great fall is. (Or maybe he was noting that our tongues look like red leaves but for the sake of this post we will say he was tired of pumpkin spice everything too.) Every says fall is their favorite season because it is so pretty. Everyone posts on Facebook and Twitter about how much they love autumn as soon as school is back in session, and I don’t know why because that is what every other person is saying too. And while I love the taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, I will never write about it in the fall, because I refuse to be mistaken for a basic white girl.

fall colors, fall foilage, red leaves

When Planting Basho

#44

when planting one
handle it like a baby
wild cherry tree

 

I think I will start making these posts on Thursdays super short – as in just the poem and a picture. I really want to share Basho with you, and I want to post twice a week, but life never slows down when you are a parent so my posts will have to be short.

baby sucking bottle

Basho Burst Thursday

  #29

spring winds

hoping the flowers burst

out in laughter

 

It is so interesting to see that poets and writers who lived centuries before I did felt the same way about things. I take this poem as he is waiting to see the bright flowers of spring. Spring is my favorite season. If you followed along when I posted Emily Dickinson’s poetry you will know that I love her because I loved the way she looked at things.

Also – I have owned this book for around 4 years but I haven’t posted his poetry because as I said in the last Emily Dickinson post that I made it is time-consuming to post another poet’s work because you have to be sure to attach the proper tags and to triple check that you got the wording right. Since Basho’s poetry is short, he is an easy poet to share. It took me over a year to share Dickinson’s poems. It won’t take me that long to share Basho, but do follow me by email if you have never read them (so that you don’t miss any). He is revered for a reason!

daisy weeds

 

Basho’s Regret

Basho’s 27th poem can be interpreted in 2 ways. I wonder what he really meant? I wonder if it’s hard to tell exactly which words he meant to use, as haiku are supposed to have 2 or more meanings to them. Leave me your thoughts below.

  #27
flower buds
it’s my regret I can’t open
my bag of poems
  or
flower buds
sadly spring winds cannot open
a poem bag

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Basho on Thursday in Full Bloom

#25
in full bloom
may the plum not be touched
by the wind’s hand

 

Since I am not writing haiku in my PAD Challenge posts, I thought I would keep posting haiku for you all on Thursdays. What do you think of these poems so far? Do you have a favorite Basho poem?

frost on grass,autumn morning,bare trees,

Summer Rain – Basho on Thursday

So as I said, I want to share more haiku with you guys. To see more on how this will go check out the Announcement I made last week. If you would like to know more about Basho and his life I would suggest buying the book that I am taking these out of, it is BASHO The Complete Haiku translated and annotated by Jane Reichhold.

When I decided to start posting Basho on Thursday I had not decided to do the April PAD Challenge, but I am also doing that. Search “PAD Challenge” in the search bar to find new poetry written by me.

Here is my second favorite Basho Poem.

#9
in summer rain
would you be happy with
the moon’s face

half of a full moon,moon behind tree,moonlight

Basho on Thursday – 1st Post

Well, I am writing again, but I wanted to give you guys more here on the blog. Since many of you follow me for the haiku, I wanted to share some with you every week. I think a blog should put up a least one new post a week, so in my effort to live up to my own standards, here is what I’m going to do:

For a few months, I am going to post a haiku every Thursday by the master poet Matsou Basho. I have BASHO The Complete Haiku which is a book of his complete works translated by Jane Reichhold. Because there are over 1,000 I am just going to post my favorites. I will also be reusing pictures from older posts.

mimosa tree,pink bloom,hair-like blossom,

Not a picture of a cherry blossom, but a mimosa tree. I am going to use the pictures I already have to make this easy on me.

Here is my first favorite of Basho’s 1,011 haiku poems:

#3
the old woman
a cherry tree blooming in old age
is something to remember