Saturday, September 23, 2023

untitled haiku by Matsuo Bashō

[Text of the poem in Japanese]

[Japanese text in English transliteration]

kumo no mine
ikutsu kuzurete
tsuki no yama

[English translation by Donald Keene]:

The peaks of clouds

Have crumbled into fragments

The moonlit mountain!

Source of the text - Matsuo Bashō, The Narrow Road to Oku, translated by Donald Keene.  Tokyo, New York: Kodansha International, 1996, pages 108, 115.

TJB: Skyfall. With seasonal awareness & a strong cut, the poem not only describes but also enacts the disillusion of clouds, replaced by a mountain.

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