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Yosa Buson Poems

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by Buson, Yosa
 Harvest moon--
called at his house,
he was digging potatoes....Read More



by Buson, Yosa
 Old well,
a fish leaps--
 dark sound....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Sparrow singing--
its tiny mouth
 open....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Below are eleven Buson haiku
beginning with the phrase
'The short night--'


The short night--
on the hairy caterpillar
beads of dew.

The short night--
patrolmen
washing in the river.

The short night--
bubbles of crab froth
among the river...Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Early summer rain--
houses facing the river,
 two of them...Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Evening wind:
water laps
 the heron's legs....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 My arm for a pillow,
I really like myself
under the hazy moon....Read More



by Buson, Yosa
 Calligraphy of geese
against the sky--
 the moon seals it....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Blow of an ax,
pine scent,
the winter woods....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 The spring sea rising
and falling, rising
 and falling all day....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 A bat flits
in moonlight
above the plum blossoms....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Listening to the moon,
gazing at the croaking of frogs
in a field of ripe rice....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Coolness--
the sound of the bell
 as it leaves the bell....Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 STILL as the holy of holies breathes the vast,
Within its crystal depths the stars grow dim;
Fire on the altar of the hills at last
 Burns on the shadowy rim.


Moment...Read More

by Buson, Yosa
 Lighting one candle
with another candle--
 spring evening....Read More