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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #22, Basho's "where the hototogisu is singing".

Explanation and inspiration from our host, Kristjaan Panneman:

A new episode of Sparkling Stars is ahead of us and this week I have chosen to share a haiku by Basho, as a way of preparation for our upcoming month. The haiku which I will share here comes from his world wide known haibun Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North).

here is the context of this beauty, this sparkling star:

From here, I went to see the Death Stone. The Deputy sent me there on horseback, and the man who led the horse asked me for a tanzaku (a strip of thin cardboard, on which a verse is to be written). I was moved with admiration at his request, and composed the following verse ...

riding over the summer moor, -
"ah! lead the horse that way!"
where the hototogisu is singing

© Basho (Tr. R.H. Blyth)

bouncing along home
the street fills with laughing boys
brakes squeal to a stop

©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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