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The old pond
Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

-- Basho



Literal Translation

Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya,
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into)
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)






The old pond--
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.



Translated by Robert Hass



Old pond.
.
.

a frog jumps in
water's sound.



Translated by William J.
Higginson



An old silent pond.
.
.

A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.



Translated by Harry Behn



There is the old pond!
Lo, into it jumps a frog:
hark, water's music!


Translated by John Bryan



The silent old pond
a mirror of ancient calm,
a frog-leaps-in splash.



Translated by Dion O'Donnol



old pond
frog leaping
splash


Translated by Cid Corman



Antic pond--
frantic frog jumps in--
gigantic sound.



Translated by Bernard Lionel Einbond



MAFIA HIT MAN POET: NOTE FOUND PINNED TO LAPEL
OF DROWNED VICTIM'S DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT!!!

'Dere wasa dis frogg
Gone jumpa offa da logg
Now he inna bogg.
'

-- Anonymous


Translated by George M.
Young, Jr.




Old pond
leap -- splash
a frog.



Translated by Lucien Stryck



The old pond,
A frog jumps in:.

Plop!


Translated by Allan Watts



The old pond, yes, and
A frog is jumping into
The water, and splash.


Translated by G.
S.
Fraser
Written by: Matsuo Basho