They end their flight
one by one---
crows at dusk....
- Yosa Buson
Sunk in melancholy, and
Gazing
Upon the moon: its hue:
Why is it so deeply
Stained with sadn...
- Saigyo Hoshi
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
I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which exp...
- Natsume Sōseki
My great lord
Gave a dread command:
So I parted from my wife,
Though filled with sadness;
And wi...
- Otomo no Yakamochi
Watch birth and death:
The lotus has already
Opened its flower.

English version by Soiku Shigem...
- Natsume Sōseki
The average novel invariably reads like a detective's report. It is drab and tedious because it is n...
- Natsume Sōseki
Midfield,
attached to nothing,
the skylark singing....
- Matsuo Basho
To Iwamaro
I say this:
If you've slimmed down in summer
There's one thing that works:
Catch and ...
- Otomo no Yakamochi
A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who ...
- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
At my daughter's grave, thirty days
after her death:

Windy fall--
these are the scarlet flowers...
- Kobayashi Issa
That wren--
looking here, looking there.
You lose something?...
- Kobayashi Issa
Like the first whiff of burning incense, or like the taste of one's first cup of saké, there is in ...
- Natsume Sōseki
Buying leeks
and walking home
under the bare trees....
- Yosa Buson
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought....
- Matsuo Basho
How much
are you enjying yourself,
tiger moth?...
- Kobayashi Issa
Calligraphy of geese
against the sky-
the moon seals it....
- Yosa Buson

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