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compassionate intuition”


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from Basho's poetry"


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we travel through his mind
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Quotations from Basho Prose


The 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




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Basho Renku Section 5 A

芭蕉連句全注解、五冊の連句

Legend:
Words of Basho in bold
Words of other poets not bold

Renku of 1688 and the first half of 1689

With Japanese and Romanization

For commentaries see section 5 B

 

By moonlight
my poor mother at work
beside the window --
She would hide fingers                5:14
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

Moru tsuki o / iyashiki haha no / mado ni mite

Ai ni shimi tsuku / yubi kakusuran


Sadly falcon suffers
his loss of feathers
Only a woman                                       5: 12
in an old mansion with
a torn screen

 

煩う 鷹を / おしむ かなしき

女 のみ /古き 御舘 の 破れ 簾

Wazurau taka o / oshimu kanashiki

Onna nomi /furuki mitachi no / yabure misu

 

By moonlight
my poor mother at work
beside the window --
She would hide fingers                         5:14
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

Moru tsuki o / iyashiki haha no / mado ni mite

Ai ni shimi tsuku / yubi kakusuran

 

Doorway curtain                                     5: 27
behind it, deep within
northside plum                                

Pine needles are falling

in the month of March

 

暖簾 の / 奥 もの ふかし / 北 の 梅

松 ちり なして / ニ月 の 頃

Nōren no / oku mono fukashi / kita no ume

Matsu chiri nashite / kisaragi no koro

 

 Before my eyes                                      5:39

 the scene just as is

makes a haiku --
As a child turns seven                            5:39
face becomes clear

 

目 前 の / けしき そのまま / 詩 に 作る

八ッ に なる子の / 顔 清げ なり

Me no mae no / keshiki sono mama /shi ni tsukuru

Yattsu ni naru ko no / kao kiyoge naru

 

The days pile up

getting used to a woman
who floats along
The grass of love weakens                    5: 59
his arm for archery

 

 

浮かれたる / 女 に なれて / 日をつもる

矢 数に 腕の / よわる 恋 草

Ukaretaru / onna ni narete / hi o tsumoru

Ya kazu ni ude no / yowaru koi kusa

 

Telling the Truth
of Buddhism is sad,
field of graves
Chased, the doe flees,                     5: 63
leaving behind her fawn

 

道心の / とうて悲しき /野邊の墓

追われて鹿の / 子を捨てて行

Doushin no / toute kanashiki / nobe no haka

Owarete shika no / ko o suttee yuku

 

Sister from the Capital
here to have her baby
Weaving folded                                 5:66
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

Miyako no imo ga / ko o umi ni kuru

Hata tatamu / tsumado ni hana no / ko o yakite

 

Missing teeth, Granddad’s                 5: 77
nembutsu sounds strange

 

歯ぬけの 祖父の / 念仏 おかしき

Ha nuke no jiji no / nembutsu okashiki

 

In renku, have a three-foot child find the link

 

俳諧は三尺の童にさせよ
Haikai wa sanjaku no ko ni sase yo
Giving breast
to baby, something
she must say:
“Leaving thoughts behind,
Papa sent far away”
Strumming lute                              5: 105 
from evening, she cries
past daybreak

 

 

御乳そいて / わかうに物や / いひねらむ

おもい残せる / 遠の國がえ

琵琶弾て / 今宵は泣いて / 明かすべき


Ochi soite / wakau ni mono ya / ii neramu

Omoi nokoseru / tō no kunigae /

Biwa hiite / konya ni naite / akasu beki

 

Baby duck seems to be
interested in the water
 Lake ripples -                                 5: 119
waiting for lantern light
to end today

 

 

水おもしろく / 見ゆるかるの子

さざ波や / 今日は火とばす / 暮れ待って

Mizu omoshiroku / miyuru karu no ko

Sazanami ya / kyou ha hi tobasu / kure matte

 

Memorial service
in tears she recites
request for alms
A beautiful child                            5:150
asleep on her lap
Far from village
under cherry in bloom
broiling tofu
Crazy butterfly
gets inside her hat

 

談義の場 / 泣くはふじゆ上る / 人そうな

美し子の / 膝にねぶりて

里遠き / 花の木陰に / とうふ焼く

狂う小蝶の / 編み笠に入る

 

Dangi no ba / naku wa fuju agaru / hito sou na

Utsukushii ko no / hiza ni neburite

Sato tōki / hana no kikage / tofu yaku

Kuruu kochō ni / ami kasa ni iru

 

 

Not letting on his boots
rain falls at day break
As they part,                                         5: 157
ever so delicate and
fascinating
Beauty of her voice
when she has a cold
Sliding back                                         5: 157
her tray with lunch
untouched

 

足駄 はかせぬ / 雨 の あけぼの

きぬぎぬの /あまり かぼそく / あてやかな

風ひ きたまう / こえの うつくし

手もつかず / 昼 の 御膳も / すべり 来ぬ


Ashida hakasenu / ame no akebono

Kinuginu no / amari kabosoku / ateyaka na

Kaze hikitamau / koe no utsukushi

Te mo tsukazu / hiru no gozen mo / suberi kinu

 

The shop now is lonely
the barley he did ground
No wooden box
only wrapped in silk
sacred mirror
What the miko thinks                                5: 160
is what she speaks

 

みせはさびしき /麦の引き割り

家なくて /ふくさに 包む / 十寸 かがみ

もの おもひ居る / 神子 物 云ひ


Mise wa sabishiki / mugi no hikiwari

Ie nakute / fukusa ni tsutsumu / masu kagami

Mono omoi iru / miko no mono ii

 

Wretched in her
distress, she gazes at
the evening sky
In those clouds, whose                    5: 161
tears are contained?

 

あやにくに / わずらう妹が / ゆうながあめ

あの雲 はたが / 泪 つつむ ぞ

Ayaniku ni / wazurau imo ga / yuu nagame

Ano kumo wa taga / namida tsutsumu zo

 

 

The Moon passes
way up in the air, soon
to fade away
Pounding cloth far away                      5: 162
dozing off on the saddle

 

行 月の / うはの空にて /きえそうに

砧 も 遠く / 蔵 に いねぶり

Yuku tsuki no / uwa no sora nite / kiesō ni

Kinuta mo tōku / kura ni ineburi

 

 

Majestic Chinese
gables on tile roof
of a herbalist
A child well-treated                             5: 163
should not be skinny

 

いかめしく / 瓦 庇 の / 木薬屋

馳走する 子の / 痩せて かい なき

Ikameshiku / kawara hisashi no / ki-kusuri-ya

Chisō suru ko no / yasete kai naki

 

On his Chinese-

style hood scatter
cherry blossoms
Drunk from ox falling                         5: 172
in the spring breeze

 

唐の / 頭巾 に 花 の /ちりかかり

酔って 牛より / 落る 春 風

Morokoshi no /zukin ni hana no / chirikakari

Yotte ushi yori / otsuru haru kaze

 

Youngest daughter hates
the mole on her face
Robe for dancing                          5: 180
aimlessly she folds it
inside the box


かおのほくろを /くやむ乙の子
舞衣/ むなしくたたむ / 箱の内
Kao no hokuro o / kuyamu oto no ko
Mai koromo / munashiku tatamu / hako no uchi

 

For the hell of it
stealing single orchid
Dew heavy                                        5: 182
the monk in silence
opens the door

 

興 じて ぬすむ / 欄 の 一もと

露 ふかき / 無言 の僧の / 戸を 開けて

Kyō jite nusumu / ran no ichimoto

Tsuyu fukaki / mugon no sō no / do o akete

 

 

Fuji pilgrim’s                                       5: 192
straw backpack becomes
pillow of grass
For a while the Gods
Mother’s soul to keep

 

不二詣で / おひねだわらを / 草 枕

母 の ほとけを /かりに 預ける

Fuji mōde o / hine tawara o / kusa makura

Haha no hotoke o / kari ni asukeru

 

 

From emaciated breasts
squeezing tears of dew
In his absence                               5: 210
meal tray placed inside
mosquito net

 

痩せたる 乳 を /しぼる 露 けさ

とわぬ夜に / 膳さしいるる / 蚊やの内

Yasetaru chichi o /shiboru tsuyu kesa

Towanu yo ni / zen sashi iru / kaya no uchi

 

My thoughts of love  alone                         5: 254
in a world of floating
When I try
to speak of this desire,
only stutter

 

我が 物 おもい / 浮世 壱人

この恋を / いわむとすれば / どもり にて

Waga mono omoi / ukiyo ichinin

Kono koi o / iwamu to sureba / domori nite

 

Waves make the misty
Mount Fuji move about
Inviting folks                                      5: 267         
to the low-tide beach
for pickled squid

 

なみは曇の / ふじをうごかす
客よびて / 潮干ながらの / いかなます

 

Nami wa kumori no / fuji o ugokasu
Kyaku yobite / shiohi nagara no / ika namasu

 

 

 

Arising to blow on embers,                          5: 268

the wife of a bell ringer
Going and returning
she calls for her lost child
moonlight and stars

 

おきて火をふく/ かねつきがつま

行かえり /まよいごよばる / 星世夜

Okite hi o fuku / kanetsuki ga tsuma

Iki kaeri / mayoi-go yobaru / hoshi tsuki yo

 

Blackwood smoldering
shack hidden in a hollow
To whom can she                                5: 269
be given as a bride?
her thoughts of love

 

黒木ほすべき / 谷かげの小屋

たがよめと/ 身 を やまかせむ / 物 おもい

Kuroki hosubeki / tani kage no koya

Taga yome to / mi o yamakasemu / mono omoi

 

As I speak                        5: 281
her face hidden by
folding fan
That sleep-tousled hair
a difficult boat ride

 

ものいえば / 扇子に顔を / かくされて

寝みだす 髪 の /つらき 乗合

Mono ieba / sensu ni kao o / kakusarete

Ne-midasu kami no / tsuraki nori ai

 

Today again                                     5: 288
on the Stone to worship
the Rising Sun
Rinsing out the rice,
cascade of white water

 

今日もまた / 朝日を拝む /石のうえ

米 とぎ 散らす / 竜 の 白浪

Kyou mo mata / asahi o ogamu / ishi no ue

Kome togi chirasu /taki no shira nami

 

Collective roof thatching
autumn in the village
Lowly women                                   5: 298
serve nembutsu dancers
cups of tea

 

雇にやねふく / 村ぞ秋なる

賤の女が / 上総 念仏 に/ 茶を汲みて

Yui ni yane fuku / mura zo aki naru

Shizu no onna ga / kazuki nembutsu ni / cha o kumite

 

There are times
when even a cicadas
enter a dream
Their love is blocked                               5: 299
by twigs of catalpa

 

 

有る時は / 蝉 にも 夢の / 入ぬらん

楠 の小枝に / 恋を へだてて

Aru toki wa / semi ni mo yume no / iranuran

Kusu no koeda ni / koi o hedatete

 

Sled pulling
firewood, one path
through the snow
Each house’s warrior                        5: 303
in winter seclusion

 

薪 引 / 雪車一筋の / 跡有て

おのおの武士の / 冬 籠る 宿

Takigi hiku / sori issuji no / ato arite

Ono ono bushi no / fuyu gomoru shuku

 

Summonned to the palace
ashamed by the gossip
Easing in                                              5: 304
her slender forearm
for his pillow

 

宮 に めされし /うき名はずかし

手枕 に / ほそき 腕 を /さし入れて

Miya ni mesareshi / uki na hazukashi

Ta-makura ni / hosoki kaina o / sashi-irete

 

Higashi Akimasa in 芭蕉の愛句, “The Love Poetry of Basho,” says
This is a truly sensual love-stanza. Looking back over the history of Japanese tanka and renku,

so daring a love verse is unusual, however should we not be a little surprised that the author

was Basho said to be a paragon of wabi and sabi?”

 

まことに官能的な句である。日本の和歌・連歌の歴史を 遡っても、

これだけ大胆に読んでいる愛句は珍しいししかも     その作者が、

「わび」・「さび」の権化のようにいわれて いる

芭蕉であるだけに、ちょっとおどろきではなかろうか。


Makota ni kannouteki na aiku de aru. Nihon no waka, renga no rekishi o sakanobotte mo,

kore dake daitan ni yonde iru aiku wa mezurashii shi, shikamo sono sakusha ga,

“wabi,” “sabi” no gongeno you ni iwarete iru

Bashou de aru dake ni、chotto odoroki de wa nakarou ka.

Water forbidden
black hair’s distress --
At an age
to take care of dolls
she is lovely
Weight of the harp                                  5: 317
she holds on her lap
Even as a dream
in a snooze, no recall
of being at court

 

水ゆるされぬ / 黒髪ぞうき

まだ雛を / いたわる年の / うつくしく

かかえし琴の / 膝 や おもたき

うたたねの / 夢さえうとき/ 御所 の 中


Mizu yurusarenu / kuro kami zo uki

Mada hina o / itawaru toshi no / utsukushiku

Kakaeshi koto no / hiza ya omotaki

Utatane no / yume sae utoki / gosho no naka

 

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• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story:
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time
• Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
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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 ordinary women, children, and teenagers
in hundreds of poems

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

These are resources we can use to better
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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,
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and discover Basho's
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Quotations from Basho Prose


The 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
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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