The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children....
- Kobayashi Issa
I hear they are rebuilding
Nagara Bridge in Naniwa.
What is left
For me now
To compare myself to...
- Lady Ise
Even in a person
most times indifferent
to things around him
they waken feelings
the first winds...
- Saigyo Hoshi
Well do I know myself, so
Your coldness
I did not think to blame, yet
My bitterness has
Soak...
- Saigyo Hoshi
Why should I be bitter
About someone who was
A complete stranger
Until a certain moment
In a...
- Saigyo Hoshi
All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes....
- Kobayashi Issa
O, how sad!
Why of visitors
Should there be not one?
In melancholy, where I dwell
The wind comes...
- Saigyo Hoshi
From now on
Coldly autumn winds
Will blow:
How can I bear
To sleep the long night through?...
- Otomo no Yakamochi
Old well,
a fish leaps--
dark sound....
- Yosa Buson
I can give myself to her
In her dreams
Whispering her own poems
In her ear as she sleeps besid...
- Akiko Yosano
Plum flower temple:
Voices rise
From the foothills.

English version by Soiku Shigematsu...
- Natsume Sōseki
There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; There is nothing you can think that is not the mo...
- Matsuo Basho
Watch birth and death:
The lotus has already
Opened its flower.

English version by Soiku Shigem...
- Natsume Sōseki
Summer night--
even the stars
are whispering to each other....
- Kobayashi Issa
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers....
- Matsuo Basho
Below are eleven Buson haiku
beginning with the phrase
'The short night--'


The short night--
...
- Yosa Buson
Blowing stones
along the road on Mount Asama,
the autumn wind....
- Matsuo Basho
They end their flight
one by one---
crows at dusk....
- Yosa Buson

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