Haiku – Herons

I.

sleeping at noon

the body of the blue heron

poised in nobility

(By – Basho; Translated – Earl Miner)

II.

Evening wind;

water laps

the heron’s legs

(By – Yosa Buson; Translated – Robert Hass)

 

[Great blue herons are a big attraction in my area in the springtime.]

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Haiku on Violets

I.

I regret picking

and not picking

violets.

(Translated – Faubion Bowers)

II.

Violets have grown here and there

on the ruins of my burned house.

(By – Yagi Shokyu-ni; Translated – Asataro Miyamori)

III.

Behold! violets bloom within

The fence of the forbidden ground.

(By – Shida Yaba; Translated – Asataro Miyamori)

IV.

One stroke of the hoe —

they huddle, uprooted

the violets.

(By – Uejima Onitsura; Translated – Cheryl A. Crowley)

[It is bitterly cold here today, so I am dreaming of warmer days and posting some flower-themed poetry.]