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5 Basho, 1 Buson, 5 Smith

a few haiku by Basho (1644-1694)

Inside the temple
visitors cannot know
cherries are blooming

Dew on roses
the rapeseed flowers’ faces
become envious

On a bare branch
a crow settled down
autumn evening

The crane’s legs
have gotten shorter
with the spring rain

Old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

~ ~ ~

one by Buson (1716-1783)

Butterfly
sleeping
on the temple bell

~ ~ ~

and non_haiku by me… Normally non-haiku are senryu, but these probably ain’t even that.

Tokyo, Kyoto
same country, same letters
but oh!

In field
corn over my head
alone with sky

Black cat
saunters saucy
fur so sure of self

Cold pain world
slow soak in hot salt bath
briefly evens up

Dogwood dew,
a tear and fear
affair.

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