Yosa Buson

1716 - 1784 / Osaka / Japan

Variations On 'The Short Night--'

Below are eleven Buson haiku
beginning with the phrase
'The short night--'
The short night--
on the hairy caterpillar
beads of dew.

The short night--
patrolmen
washing in the river.

The short night--
bubbles of crab froth
among the river reeds.

The short night--
a broom thrown away
on the beach.

The short night--
the Oi River
has sunk two feet.

The short night--
on the outskirts of the village
a small shop opening.

The short night--
broken, in the shallows,
a crescent moon.

The short night--
the peony
has opened.

The short night--
waves beating in,
an abandoned fire.

The short night--
near the pillow
a screen turning silver.

The short night--
shallow footprints
on the beach at Yui.
Translated by Robert Hass

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The short night-
a watery moon
stands alone over the hill

Maggie

The short night--
just as I'm falling asleep
my wife's waking up

Larry Bole
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