Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Inspired by Matsuo Basho


bamboo groove
leaves dance and whisper
to the moon

inspired from Basho's

moonlight slants through
the vast bamboo grove
a cuckoo cries

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old war field
grass blades simulate
sword fight

inspired by Basho's

Ah, summer grasses!
All that remains
Of the warriors dreams

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this road
lonely as my heart
this autumn evening

inspired by basho's

along this road
goes no one
this autumn evening

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moon glides
from cloud to cloud
this fine autumn evening

inspired by

from time to time
the clouds give rest
to the moon beholders

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between the
riotious flowers
a butterfly's drunken dance

inspired by basho's

the butterfly is perfuming
its wings in the scent
of the orchid.

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< br>spring new class
a burst of warm laughter
among the students

inspired by basho's

Yes, spring has come
this morning a nameless hill
is shrouded in mist

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deep autumn
leaves slowly fly away
with the season

inspired by basho's

it is deep autumn
my neighbor
how does he live, I wonder

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old pond and frogs
i wait earnestly for the most famous haiku
to come alive

inspired by

the old pond
a frog jumps in
the sound of water

Submitted: Saturday, October 29, 2005
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  • Raynette Eitel (10/29/2005 9:18:00 AM)

    This collection of haikus should be read slowly and savored. You have outdone yourself, John.

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