Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

A Monk Sips Morning Tea

Poem by Matsuo Basho

A monk sips morning tea,
it's quiet,
the chrysanthemum's flowering.


Translated by Robert Hass


Comments about A Monk Sips Morning Tea by Matsuo Basho

  • Samin Bakshi (6/30/2018 5:40:00 PM)

    To drink your tea with so much care, your tea might be drinking you.

    The chrysanthemum, you will feel, if careful: blooming.(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/22/2016 7:32:00 PM)

    A Monk Sips Morning Tea - Poem by Matsuo Basho.) **Tea. Flowers. Quietude. What a moment; a great place to be.(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (6/2/2016 12:26:00 PM)

    I love this Basho's hokku.. and it always recalls to my memory Saigyo’s waka poetry..(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (7/14/2015 5:47:00 AM)

    una bella immagine di serenità zen..

    a beautiful picture of (zen) serenity..(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/19/2014 10:25:00 AM)

    Wow what a nice theme(Report)Reply

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  • Edith Oram (3/5/2008 5:30:00 AM)

    I like this sort of poetry. It is very visual, calming and excellent for meditation.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003