Basho's thoughts on...
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story: Basho
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Renku, Haiku, and Tanka
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time for Basho
• Basho Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• 370 Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• Women in Basho
• BAMHAY -- Basho Amazes Me! How About You?
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention
with praise to women,
children, and teenagers

Hundreds upon hundreds of
Basho works (mostly renku)
about women, children,
teenagers, friendship,
compassion, love.

These are resources we can
use to better understand
ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial
power of the feminine
emanating from
Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover his
"gentleness and humanity."

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages
of Basho material, to edit
and improve the material,
to receive 100% of royalties,
to spread Basho’s wisdom
worldwide and preserve
for future generations.

Quotations from Prose


Days and months are guests
passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass
through it yourself.
Some poets have made
no effort to pass through,
merely counting things and
trying to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one
as an expression of the
same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com

 



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Bilingual Basho 日本語も

I have selected 20 poems -- 2 haiku, one tanka, and 17 renku -- to explore in both English and Japanese (translated by a Japanese native).   The Japanese comes immediately after the English,

however in the beginning of each article, I provide the brief commentaries in the BRZ anthology.


Wrapping Rice Cake (Haiku) Wrapping rice cake / with one hand she tucks / hair behind ear                 粽ゆう /片手にはさ /額髪 Chimaki yuu / katate ni hasamu / hitae-gami Basho ...
H-01

Night in Spring (Haiku) At Hase Temple, a famous place of pilgrimage for women to pray to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, Basho wrote:    Night in spring -one hidden in mystery /temple corner.    Women ...
H-02

The Eternal Mother (Renku) By moonlight / my poor mother at work / beside the window / She would hide fingers /stained with indigo もる月を / 賤しき母の / 窓に見て/  藍にしみ付く/指かくすらん          &nbs ...
H-03

Young and Helpless - A Basho Renku Young and helpless / with bow and arrows / the boy kneels / White hair seen through / gaps in bamboo blind 弓と矢も /まだいたいけに / 膝まずき /  白髪さし出す/ 簾のあわせむ        ...
H-04

Lighting Lantern (Renku) By moonlight washing hair / with rice bran lather / Lighting lantern / and providing mallets / to her children  月夜に髪を / あらう揉み出し / 火とばして / 砧あたがう / 子供達     By ...
H-05

Weaving folded (Renku) Sister from the Capital / here to have her baby /Weaving folded /at back door she lights /flower incense 都の妹が / 子をうみに来る / 機たたむ / 妻戸に花の / 香を焼きて   Sister from the Capitalhere to have h ...
H-06

Coins Held in Her Hand (Renku) In a hurry he /writes a note and leaves it /inside the door / Coins held in her hand /the grandmother cries  立ながら / 文書て置く / 見せの端 /  銭持って / 手にて祖母の / 泣るる      Miyazaki Masa ...
H-07

Response to Bullying (Renku) That clique of / smart-ass co-workers / hates on her / Cinder burns her hem / so she rubs it out   才ばりの / 傍輩中に / 憎まれて / 焼き焦がしたる / 小妻こつまもみ消す   ...
H-08

Sister and Nancy (Renku) Startled by clappers /a window in the thicket / Sister cries / for her life married / to a thief    鳴子おどろく/ 方藪の窓 /     盗人に / 連れ添う妹が / 身を泣て        Sta ...
H-09

Shizuka and Emilia (Renku) Beneath her eyelids /overflow the stars /Forced to stand /against her will, she dances / so delicately まぶたに星の / こばれかかれる /引き立て / むりに舞する / たおやかさ      Beneath her eyelidsoverflow ...
H-10

Spring Passes By - A Tanka of Hope Spring passes by / again and again in layers /of blossom kimono /may you see wrinkles /come with old age いく春を / かさねがさねの / 花ごろも / しはよるまでの / 老もみるべく Iku haru o / kasane ga ...
H-11

Lingering on... (Tanka) “Lingering on"/ I take down the doll and/ look at her face / Again starting to weep / cough of consumption  名残ぞと/ 取置 雛の/ 顔をみて/ また泣入りし/ 労咳のせき      ...
H-12

Breastfeeding on my lap Only my face / by rice-seedling mud / is not soiled /                     Breastfeeding on my lap /what dreams do you see?顔ばかり/ 早苗の泥に / ...
H-13

Day and Night Dreams (Renku) fter the years / of grieving ... finally / past eighteeen / Day and night dreams / of Father in that battle  うき年を / 取りてはたちも / 漸漸過ぎぬ  父のいくさを / 起きふしの夢          &nb ...
H-14

To Quiet Down (Renku) To quiet down / the unsettled heart /of the daughter /Night sweats have stopped /in this morning’s dream定らぬ / 娘のこころ / 取りしづめ / 寝汗のとまる / 今朝がたの夢     To quiet d ...
H-15

Glaring About (Renku) Glaring about / she orders the children /to “behave!” / While she puffs the ash / from broiled miso行儀能 / せよと子供を / ねめ廻し/  やき味噌の灰 / 吹きはらいつつ      Gl ...
H-16

Giving birth to (Renku) Seeds start to sprout /  for our treasured grass / Giving birth to / love in the world,she /  adorns herself 早苗はじめて / 得し寶草 /  世の愛を / 産みけん人の / 御粧         ...
H-17

Daughter Playing Koto (Renku) With her needlein autumn she managesto make ends meet Daughter playing kotoreaches age seven   芭蕉連句全注解 4巻 p。164   針仕事をして細々と命をつないで生活している貞女教女など 琴弾く娘 八ッになりける けなげに娘を育てる母と子の家。 &nb ...
H-18

Straw Mats their Shields (Renku) For some coolness / children going naked to / wait for the moon / Straw mats their shields / they run and jump about  すずしさの/ 裸になりて /月を 待 / 筵をたてに / はしりとびする     ...
H-19

Though my Thoughts (Renku) From slender threads/ love gets so intense/ Though my thoughts/ are of love “eat something!”/ she commands me  ほそ筋より/ 恋つのりつつ/ 物おもう/ 身にもの喰えと/ せつかれて   ...
H-20


Basho's thoughts on...
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story: Basho
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Renku, Haiku, and Tanka
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time for Basho
• Basho Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• 370 Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• Women in Basho
• BAMHAY -- Basho Amazes Me! How About You?
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention
with praise to women,
children, and teenagers

Hundreds upon hundreds of
Basho works (mostly renku)
about women, children,
teenagers, friendship,
compassion, love.

These are resources we can
use to better understand
ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial
power of the feminine
emanating from
Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover his
"gentleness and humanity."

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages
of Basho material, to edit
and improve the material,
to receive 100% of royalties,
to spread Basho’s wisdom
worldwide and preserve
for future generations.

Quotations from Prose


Days and months are guests
passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass
through it yourself.
Some poets have made
no effort to pass through,
merely counting things and
trying to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one
as an expression of the
same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com