Matsuo Basho

1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan

Collection Of Six Haiku

Waking in the night;
the lamp is low,
the oil freezing.

It has rained enough
to turn the stubble on the field
black.


Winter rain
falls on the cow-shed;
a cock crows.


The leeks
newly washed white,-
how cold it is!


The sea darkens;
the voices of the wild ducks
are faintly white.

Ill on a journey;
my dreams wander
over a withered moor.
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