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Autumn moonlight

Matsuo Basho 1644 (Near Ueno) – 1694 (Osaka)



Autumn moonlight--
  a worm digs silently
  into the chestnut.

Translated by Robert Hass

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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  • George Ochsenfeld
    I find this poem haunting. Embedded in the beauty of nature, it hints at loneliness, determination, humility, the paradox of significance in insignificance, aging, and death.
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