Basho Comes at Night



Basho comes at night.
With haiku recitation.
I perk up and write.

About this poem

I once asked Japanese haiku Master Poet, Matsuo Basho, while in a dream, by Lake Biwa, across the Inland Sea, there in Honshu Island, north of Shikoku, there, while on The Narrow Road to the Deep North, there by Fujisan, sacred mount of inspiration, to awake me from my haiku sleep. Since then, he comes persistently at night, reciting haiku wisdom, and I, in grateful penitence, reply: “Awake Me, O Matsuo Basho!”

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Written on December 08, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 08, 2021

Modified on March 31, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 65
Words 14
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    Fun :) I'm glad to read your words
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