Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Four Haiku - Poem by Matsuo Basho

A hill without a name
Veiled in morning mist.

The beginning of autumn:
Sea and emerald paddy
Both the same green.

The winds of autumn
Blow: yet still green
The chestnut husks.

A flash of lightning:
Into the gloom
Goes the heron's cry.

Translated by Geoffrey Bownas And Anthony Thwaite

Comments about Four Haiku by Matsuo Basho

  • Gold Star - 29,672 Points * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 3:07:00 PM)

    ........awesome imagery of nature...enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (4/29/2014 8:37:00 AM)

    Four great haiku's! Love Basho! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,440 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 3:47:00 AM)

    top-of-the-line haiku. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,672 Points * Sunprincess * (3/9/2014 8:12:00 PM)

    .......lovely write...enjoyed much...
    ~A flash of lightning:
    Into the gloom
    Goes the heron's cry~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie L. L. (8/1/2010 6:13:00 AM)

    a wanderer and the universe becoming one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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