ITHACA 679: 17th April is International Haiku Poetry Day / English versions by Germain Droogenbroodt – Stanley Barkan

 
17th April is International Haiku Poetry Day
 
 
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The leaf of a rose
returning to its long stem,
purple butterfly.
 
Moritake
 
 
***
 
Smell of plum blossom—
suddenly the sun appears
brighting a pathway.
 
Bashô
 
 
***
 
Dry axes chopping
amid the distant thicket—
woodpeckers knocking.
 
Issa
 
 
***
 
Only the Fuji
do not succeed to capture
the tall green grasses
 
Buson
 
 
***
 
In the fall rice fields
already withered, floating,
the cherry blossoms
 
Kyoroku
 
 
English versions by Germain Droogenbroodt – Stanley Barkan

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