Poem of the month: Winter Haiku

February 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm 2 comments

Winter solitude–
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

The winter storm
hid in the bamboo grove
and quieted away.

The winter sun-
on the horse’s back
my frozen shadow.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

*

Cover my head
or my feet?
the winter quilt.

Calligraphy of geese
against the sky-
the moon seals it.

Lighting one candle
with another candle-
spring evening.

Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

*

The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.

Crescent moon-
bent to the shape
of the cold.

Face of the spring moon-
about twelve years old,
I’d say.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beg Boyles  |  February 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Publishing poetry to celebrate the seasons: Wonderful idea!

    I write at least one haiku every day to help keep my writing/editing skills sharp and my appreciation for the natural world focused.

    Here’s one from yesterday:

    that man walking by
    I can tell by his perfume
    he stays warm with wood

    Reply
  • 2. Peg Boyles  |  February 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Whoops! My name should read Peg, not Beg

    Reply

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