Richard Von Sturmer.

At the edge of a storm

Someone is heard

sweeping leaves

by Richard Von Sturmer.



Each wave turning over

leaves a trail of tiny shells

and petals of bush clover

by Basho.


Chiyo-Ni, no 7

Dragonfly hunter

how far has he travelled

today, I wonder.




From the mountain pass

see the sunlit

castle town…

flying new-year kites

by Taigi

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Issa. No11.

Dew evaporates

and all our world

is dew…so dear,

so fresh, so fleeting.

by Issa.

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Ringai. No1

In these dark waters

drawn up from

my frozen well

glitterings of spring.

by Ringai.

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Buson, No15

Butterfly asleep

folded soft on

temple bell…

then bronze gong rang.

by Buson.

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Chiyo-ni, No6

Shocking…the red of

lacquered fingernails


white chrysanthemum

by Chiyo-ni.


Shoha. No3

Yellow evening sun…


of the scarecrow

reaches to the road.

by Shoha


Buson, No14

My two plum trees are

so gracious…

see, they flower

one now, one later.

by Buson.


Basho, No7

An ancient pond

a frog jumps in

the splash of water

by Basho

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Onitsura, No6

But see the mountain…

shaking with the

waves of heat

where the day has gone.

by Onitsura

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Chora No2

The very planets

gleaming through

its silhouette…

frozen willow tree.

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Issa, No 11

stubborn woodpecker…

still hammering

at twilight

at that single spot.

By Issa

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Basho, No6

Having tumbled off

his grass blade…

the firefly

buzzes up again.

By Basho

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Twilight watering….

and please,

a cooling sprinkle

for wrens and crickets.

By Kikaku

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Shiki, No4

Yellow firefly…

little lamp-flame

that to the

human touch is chill.

By Shiki

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Kayorai, No2

Two jade-green hilltops

stand in their

summer leafage


By Kayorai

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Shiro, No 2

In summer moonlight…

glittering brooklet


down our village street.

By Shiro

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Shoha, No2

A wagon rumbling….

and out from the silent grasses

a sudden butterfly.

By Shoha

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Ryoto, no1

Someone is walking

over the wooden


the deep frog-silence.

by Ryoto

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Buson, no13

At Takiguchi

voices calling

for a light…

darkening spring rain.

by Buson

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The gay waterwheel

in the valley

pours petals

from mountain cherries.

by Chigetsu

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Issa, no6.

That fat old bull-frog

sat there staring

back at me

with a sour face.

by Issa

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Issa, no8

Ah bold nightingale

even before

his lordship

you won’t mend your song



Onitsura, No5

That dark waterfowl

although appearing


see how it floats!

by Onitsura


Perhaps this voiceless

wanderer dreams

of flowers…

butterfly dozer.

by Reikan

Buson, no12

From the mountain temple

a sound of a bell struck fumblingly

vanishes in the mist.

by Buson

Izen, no2.

Ah roadside scarecrow

we’ve hardly

started gabbing…

and I have to go.

by Izen

Sotoba, no1


O springtime twilight…

precious moment

worth to me

a thousand pieces.

by Sotoba

Buson, no11

Sometimes the farmer

trots out to see

his scarecrow…

slowly he walks back.

by Buson

Shoha ,no1

a baby sparrow…


with curiosity

to watch my brushwork.

by Shoha



Blown cherry blossoms

fall and float

upon the cold

rice-paddy waters.

by Kyoroku

Bakushi, no1

Flooded paddy fields…

the lake has come

to town all green

with rice seedlings.

by Bakushi


Dull-dreary rain-day…

dripping past

my gate a girl

bearing irises

by Shintoku


sweet spring shower…

enough to wet

the tiny shells

on the little beach

by Buson

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