Irish Haiku Society

Matsuo Basho (17 c.)

 

 

On a barren branch

a raven has perched –

autumn dusk

 

 

 

Old pond…

a frog leaps in

water’s sound

 

Yosa Buson (18 c.)

 

Fuji alone

remains unburied:

the young leaves!

 

 

 

Wild mustard flowers –

in the east, the moon

in the west, the sun

 

 

 

crossing the summer river,

sandals in my hand…

happiness

 

Kobayashi Issa (18-19 c.)

 

Pearls of dew!

In every single one of them

I see my home

 

 

 

Fool of a cat!

Broken beggar as he is –

he shouts his joy!




Slowly, so slowly

climbing up Mount Fuji,

a snail




This world of dew

is only a world of dew...

and yet, and yet...


Masaoka Shiki (19 c.)

 

White butterfly

darting among pinks –

whose spirit?




Men are disgusting –

they argue over

the price of orchids!

 

Santoka Taneda (early 20 c.)

 

The pines careen

the way the rough waves

crash




My exhausted heart...

the mountains, the sea

too beautiful