haiku one sixty nine.

Hello all!

Another long day, hotel then cinema. But however that’s not interesting, and I just want to talk about this book I’m reading. It’s Jane Reichhold’s Basho the complete haiku. It’s a fairly invaluable resource for those who have either never heard of Basho, or those who have but want to find out more. Jane’s translations I have to say don’t always connect with me, but some of them do, in a big way. Which brings me to this one:

in a humble cottage

tea leaves raked up

after the storm

it’s very effectively simple, and it has influenced one of todays haiku. This poem was penned by Basho in a period of his life when he was very poor. I of course am not as poor as he was, and I may never be. But I can still relate to this poem, with its motif of saving/salvaging where ever you can. One thing I have to add is regarding Jane’s translations/book is this: first it’s an ambitious project and I’m glad someones done it! Second if I really want to understand Basho’s poems completely, I’ll have to learn Japanese. Well that’s clearly not going to happen.

the childhood smell

of the neighbours stale bread

hotel storeroom

spilt rice

what great beings

ants are

– or

spilt rice

in this humble kitchen

ants are well fed

Thanks for reading!



About El Norto

I write haiku. This is my haiku journal.
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One Response to haiku one sixty nine.

  1. I have read her Bare Bones School, I would love to read that book! I hope I can get it here in the US!

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