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Chetta is the nom de plume of a poet writing since 1992. Her alter ego has been published in Modern Haiku, Sijo West, Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Short Stuff, Twilight Ending and numerous other online and in print journals. Chetta makes her home in the Adna Valley in southwest Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

After all is done

I want
to have lived in
such a way that "Oh, damn!"
are not the final words to cross
my lips.

The Great Four Haiku Masters

Blog Posted:12/29/2021 1:18:00 PM

Matsuo Basho, born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chuemon Munefusa, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Basho was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku.
Born: 1644, Iga Province
Died: November 28, 1694, Osaka, Osaka, Japan

it's not like anything
they compare it to~
the summer moon
~Basho

Yosa Buson or Yosa no Buson was a Japanese poet and painter of the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. And, he is known for completing haiga as a style of art. Wikipedia Born: 1716, Settsu Province
Died: January 17, 1784, Konpuku-ji, Kyoto

the winter river
down it come floating
flowers offered to Buddha
~Buson

Kobayashi Issa was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jodo Shinshu. He is known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Basho, Buson and Shiki — "the Great Four."
Born: June 15, 1763, Kashiwabara
Died: January 5, 1828, Shinano Province

don't worry spiders
I keep house
casually
~Issa

Masaoka Shiki, pen-name of Masaoka Noboru, was a Japanese poet, author, and literary critic in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is regarded as a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry, credited with writing nearly 20,000 stanzas during his short life. He also wrote on reform of tanka poetry.
Born: October 14, 1867, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Died: September 19, 1902, Tokyo, Japan

for me going
for you staying here
two autumns
~Shiki



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Date: 12/31/2021 8:12:00 AM
Enjoyed the blog with accompanying poems for each. The spider one made me smile.
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Date: 12/30/2021 9:18:00 AM
Chetta, thank you for sharing these poets and poems on your wonderful blog ~ friendship and poetry _Constance
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Date: 12/29/2021 7:18:00 PM
As Shiki lay in repose with declining health, looking out his window as the seasons changed, simple observation, with a twist of life, certainly, an inspiration for one's personal discoveries with poetry...good blog Chetta!
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Date: 12/29/2021 7:04:00 PM
Thank you, Chetta, for your informative blog post.
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3/3/2022 Just Like Rain Monokuwar,
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3/3/2022 How to Listen Free verselife,
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2/9/2022 Wrinkles Monokuage,
2/9/2022 unwritten Haikunature,
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1/31/2022 Not Normal Questionkupeople,philosophy,
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1/30/2022 Want Me Monokudesire,
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1/26/2022 Keola Choka Chokabeauty,
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1/14/2022 twilight Haikunature,
1/13/2022 Following Senryulife,
1/13/2022 The Hum of the Universe Free verselove,science,science fict
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1/12/2022 I Feel Small Free versenature,science,space,
1/11/2022 Whispering Wings Rhymenature,
1/9/2022 wiser than I Haikunature,
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