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Four Haiku

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



Spring:
A hill without a name
Veiled in morning mist.

The beginning of autumn:
Sea and emerald paddy
Both the same green.

The winds of autumn
Blow: yet still green
The chestnut husks.

A flash of lightning:
Into the gloom
Goes the heron's cry.

Translated by Geoffrey Bownas And Anthony Thwaite

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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