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Friday, May 22, 2015

fragile twigs

On The Trail With Basho Encore (2) fragile twigs

“On The Trail With Basho Encore” episode. First I(Chèvrefeuille) will give the Japanese verse in Romanji followed by the English translation.

eda moroshi   hi toshi yaburu    aki no kaze

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

'Toshi' refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold on to the Autumn leaves.

autumn winds -
colorful leaves struggling
their end is near

© Chèvrefeuille

autumn winds -
snagged on the smallest of twigs
a paper thin robe

© Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on
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