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Thursday, December 30, 2010

after :10

limbs of the plum tree
groaning in winter wind–
mine too

Buson 1716-1784

It's impossible to miss the humor in Buson's haiku, rendered very freely here. But there's also a willingness to see oneself objectively, humbly, and unsentimentally as part of nature, and not only when nature is smiling. Buson also knew that the appearance of the plum blossoms will be an early indication that the worst of winter has passed.

For an explanation of "afters," see the post for Nov. 2, 2010


Blogger Karol Rosiak said...

Bill, this series is great for me.
Looking forward to more.


10:00 AM  
Blogger Devika said...

enjoyed the humour here, Bill :)

sitting on the floor,
my knees break
...like dry wood

poetry or not, a reality,

Wish you a Happy 2011, Bill, :)


9:27 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Karol. There will be more.

Not quite break, I hope, Devika. Happy New Year to you and yours.

9:42 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

another goodie Bill - all the best for 2011

12:36 AM  

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