Spring Will Come / 8 Haikus | Matsuo Bashō, 1644-94

Paul Klee, Pink Spring in deep Winter

 “Between our two lives
there is also the life of
the cherry blossom.” 


“Come, see the true
of this pained world.” 

“If I had the knack
I'd sing like
Cherry flakes falling” 

“The temple bell stops
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers” 

“Cherry blossoms 
– lights of years past.” 


“Moonlit plum tree-
spring will come.” 

“Don't touch my plumtree!
Said my friend and saying so...
Broke the branch for me” 

“Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses...white
Wordless Butterflies” 

 Matsuo Bashō, 1644-94

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