Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

None Is Travelling - Poem by Matsuo Basho

None is travelling
Here along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

The first day of the year:
thoughts come - and there is loneliness;
the autumn dusk is here.

An old pond
A frog jumps in -

Lightening -
Heron's cry
Stabs the darkness

Clouds come from time to time -
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.

In the cicada's cry
There's no sign that can foretell
How soon it must die.

Poverty's child -
he starts to grind the rice,
and gazes at the moon.

Won't you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

Temple bells die out.
The fragrant blossoms remain.
A perfect evening!

Form: Haiku

Comments about None Is Travelling by Matsuo Basho

  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/2/2016 2:33:00 PM)

    '' An old pond / A frog jumps in - / Splash! ''

    it is not ''splash'' (Basho was a fine poet.. how could he say just 'splash'? ?)
    .. but ''sound of water'':

    '' furuike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto ''
    '' The old pond - / a frog jumps in / sound of water ''

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  • (8/10/2015 10:44:00 PM)

    ...........great composition...a nice collection of haikus ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/8/2015 10:19:00 AM)

    - Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) - the most famous poet of the Edo period or Tokugawa period (1603-1868) in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional Daimyo. [from W.] (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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