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“The journey itself is my home.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Winter solitude-
in a world of one colour
the sound of the wind.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.”
Bashō Matsuo
“This autumn-
why am I growing old?
bird disappearing among clouds.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Come, butterfly
It's late-
We've miles to go together.”
Bashō Matsuo, On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
Bashō Matsuo
“All Heaven and Earth
Flowered white obliterate...
Snow...unceasing snow”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Come, see the true
flowers
of this pained world.”
Bashō Matsuo, On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho
“When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Many solemn nights
Blond moon, we stand and marvel...
Sleeping our noons away”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Between our two lives
there is also the life of
the cherry blossom.”
Bashō Matsuo
“April's air stirs in
Willow-leaves...a butterfly
Floats and balances”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Summer grasses,
All that remains
Of soldiers' dreams”
Bashō Matsuo
“The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
Bashō Matsuo
“How I long to see
among dawn flowers,
the face of God.”
Bashō Matsuo, Haiku
“Sadly, I part from you;
Like a clam torn from its shell,
I go, and autumn too.”
Bashō Matsuo, Narrow Road to the Interior
“Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still...
Iris, blue each spring”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Mountain-rose petals
Falling, falling, falling now...
Waterfall music”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Ballet in the air...
Twin butterflies until, twice white
They Meet, they mate”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Even in Kyoto/Hearing the cuckoo's cry/I long for Kyoto”
Bashō Matsuo
“On a bare branch a crow is perched - autumn evening”
Bashō Matsuo
“Harvest moon:
around the pond I wander
and the night is gone.”
Bashō Matsuo
“No matter where your interest lies, you will not be able to accomplish anything unless you bring your deepest devotion to it.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Why so scrawny, cat?
Starving for fat fish or mice...
Or backyard love?”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku
“Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar
cracking from the ice”
Bashō Matsuo
“There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.”
Bashō Matsuo
“Nothing in the cry
of cicadas suggests they
are about to die”
Bashō Matsuo
“Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses...white
Wordless Butterflies”
Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku

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