Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Night Poetry: A Basho Haiku

Shambhala, a not so small press, put out The Essential Basho in 1999. Basho's poems are translated by Sam Hamill, founder of the Copper Canyon Press and a fine poet in his own right.

For those who don't know, Basho was a Buddhist poet who lived from 1644 to 1694.



Lord Yoshitomo's
heart must closely resemble
this cold autumn wind.

—Basho


Hmm, even Buddhist priests can't help thinking about politicians from time to time. We seem to have a few Lord Yoshitomos in our time too. Across centuries and oceans, things often remain the same.

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Blogger KeesKennis said...

Lord Yoshitomo's
heart must closely resemble
this cold autumn wind.

—Basho

Your mantools
must closely resemble bobbitt's
after surgery that is.

-Keeskennis

2:33 PM  
Blogger The Invaders said...

The true name for those Lord Yoshitomo's is psychopaths...their the ones who don't feel for anyone else but themselves.

5:44 PM  

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