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

  • David Williamson (12/22/2017 6:30:00 AM)

    My Love Lies Buried... / Beneath The Crying Clouds Which/ Linger Overhead.(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/27/2016 7:45:00 PM)

    (Four Haiku by Matsuo Basho.) **A glimpse of nature. Enjoyed these beautiful and entertaining haikus.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 3:07:00 PM)

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

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  • Colleen Courtney (4/29/2014 8:37:00 AM)

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

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (4/27/2014 3:47:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004