Taigi

 

 

From the mountain pass

see the sunlit

castle town…

flying new-year kites.

 

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Chora No2

 

 

The very planets

gleaming through

its silhouette…

frozen willow tree.

 

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Ryoto, no1

 

 

Someone is walking

over the wooden

bridge…hear

the deep frog-silence.

 

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Buson, no13

 

 

At Takiguchi

voices calling

for a light…

darkening spring rain.

 

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Chigetsu,no2

 

The gay water wheel

in the valley

pours petals

from mountain cherries.

 

 

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Issa, no6.

 

 

That fat old bull-frog

sat there staring

back at me

with a sour face.

 

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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

weighted…

see how it floats!

 

Reikan,No1

 

 

Perhaps this voiceless

wanderer dreams

of flowers…

butterfly dozer.

 

Buson, no12

 

 

From the mountain temple

a sound of a bell struck fumblingly

vanishes in the mist.

 

Izen, no2.

 

 

Ah roadside scarecrow

we’ve hardly

started gabbing…

and I have to go.

 

Sotoba, no1

 

 

O springtime twilight…

precious moment

worth to me

a thousand pieces.

 

Buson, no11

 

 

Sometimes the farmer

trots out to see

his scarecrow…

slowly he walks back.

 

Shoha ,no1

 

 

a baby sparrow…

hopping

with curiosity

to watch my brushwork.

 

 

Kyoroku,no1

 

 

Blown cherry blossoms

fall and float

upon the cold

rice-paddy waters.

 

Shintoku,No1

 

 

Dull-dreary rain-day…

dripping past

my gate a girl

bearing irises

 

Buson,no9

 

 

on the shining roof

the boy’s abandoned

string ball

soaking up the spring rain

 

Ranco, No2

 

 

Endless May time rain…

sneaking back one

night the moon

perched in the pine tree.

 

Chora,No1

 

 

After  spring sunset

mist rises  from

the river…

spreading like a flood

 

Buson, No8

 

 

Dancing: the fox treads

among the pale

Narcissi

in garden moonlight

 

 

Shiro,No1

 

 

Mountain-top of clouds

towering behind

the hedge…

or a flowering plumb ?

 

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Onitsura,No4

 

 

It is spring again…

gay in the garden

gather

sun-bathing sparrows

 

Shiki, No4

 

 

Afternoon garden…

planting perhaps

seven seeds…

I’m convalescent.