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



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
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calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


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



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Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
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.

"In poetry is a realm
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counting things and trying
to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
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the product of words
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Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
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Wrapping rice cake
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plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
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the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
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Daughter playing koto
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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?



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Giving birth to
love in the world, she
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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


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Clear cascade -
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Basho Renku Section 6 A

芭蕉連句全注解、六冊から芭蕉連句 From volume 6 of the Basho Renku Zenchuukai

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

Renku from the second half of 1689 With commentaries to every link

For Japanese and Romanization see Section 6 A

 

 

Mountains are burned                         6: 11
grass painted with blood
Only a few years
in this world, betrayed
by her stepmother
Grief on a pillow of waves
in northern harbor town

 

山 は こがれて / 草 に 血を ぬる

 わずかなる / 世 を や 継母も/ 偽られ

秋田酒田 の / 浪 まくら うき


Yama wa kogarete / kusa ni chi o nuru

Wazuka naru / yo o ya keibo mo / itsuwarare

Akita sakata no / nami makura uki

 

Frog asleep                                      6: 14
will you borrow dreams
from the butterfly

 

   蛙   ねて   /    胡蝶に夢を   / かりぬらん

Kawazu nete / kochō ni yume o / karinuran

 

Sunshiny day
celestial maiden caresses
the rock spring
Chant of Lotus Sutra                                   6: 15 
at the window elegantly

 

はるる日は / 石の井なでる / 天おとめ

艶 なる 窓 に / 法華 読む 声

Haruru hi wa / ishi no i naderu /ten otome

En naru mado ni / hokke yomu koe

 

Final day of
mourning, sadness speaks
through catalpa bow
Now in a world of grief                                 6: 25
her mirror to sell

 

はての日は / 梓にかたる / あわれさよ

今ぞうき 世に / 鏡 うりける

Hate no hi wa / azusa ni kataru / awaresa yo

Ima zo uki yo ni / kagami urukeru

 

Papa gone, she cries
in bedroom till daybreak --
Never moving
yet covered by clouds
the North Star –
Today too for zazen                                       6: 28
climbing onto the rock

 

父が旅寝を / 泣きあかすねや

うごかずも / 雲の遮る / 北の星

今日も座禅に / 登る石上

Chichi ga tabine o / naki-akasu neya

Ugokazu mo / kumo no seagiru / kita no hoshi

Kyou mo zazen ni / noboru ishi ue

 

 

Summer rains                                            6: 33
gathering the coolness
Mogami river
A post on the bank
holds firefly here

 

さみだれを / 集めてすずし / 最上川

きしに蛍を / 繋ぎ鮒杭

Samidare o / atsumete suzushi / mogami-gawa

Kishi ni hotaru o / tsunagi funa kui

 

Never snowed on
this pine tree, for itself,
has grown fat
Pressing down bush clover                          6: 55
wild boar makes her bed

 

雪ふかぬ / 松はおのれと / ふとりけり

萩ふみしける / 猪 の 妻

Yuki fukanu / matsu wa onore to / futori keri

Hagi fumi-shikeru / inoshishi no tsuma

 

Camp fires on the skirts
of mountain castle
Dedicating                                              6: 59
his final meal, Lord
forbids fish

 

山 城の / 裾に見ゆる / かがり火

奉る / 供御の肴も / 疎か居て

Yamajiro no suso ni / miyuru kagari bi

Tatematsuru / kugo no sakana mo / oroka nite

 

 

Pulled awake
to see the Full Moon
in her shame
Hair fanned by maids,                            6: 74
her thin robe of dew

 

月見 よと / ひきおこされて / はずかしき

髪あふがする / うすもの の 露

Tsukimi yo to / hiki-okosarete / hazukashiki

Kami augasuru / usumono no tsuyu

 

He stays for two nights
before his enemy’s gate --
Sweeping away
dreams, on the field stands
Jizo statue
Longing for a wife?                             6: 76
call of a mountain dog

 

 

敵 の 門 に/ ニ夜寝にけり

かき消える / 夢 は 野中 の /地蔵にて

妻 恋 するか / 山 犬 の 声

Kataki no mon ni / futayo ne ni keri

Kaki-kieru / yume wa nonaka no / jizou nite

Tsuma koi suru ka / yama inu no koe

 

 

Startled by clappers
a window in the thicket
 Sister cries                                      6: 79
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 / 身をなきて

Naruko odoroku / kata yabu no mado

Nusubito ni / tsuresō imo ga / mi o nakite

 

 

Onto my face
falling and scattering
pear blossoms
“Butterfly” engraved                                  6: 84
beneath sake cup

 

吾 顔に / おちかかりたる / 梨 の 花

銘を 胡蝶 と /つけし さがづき

Waga kao ni / ochikakaritaru / nashi no hana

Mei o kochō to / tsukeshi sakazuki

 

“In from the snow
so fire will warm you,
I remove iron pot.”
Still in her nightgown                                    6: 89
yet make-up beautiful

 

此 雪に/ 先あたれ とや / 釜 揚げて

寝まき ながら の / けはひ 美し

Kono yuki ni / saki atere to ya kama agete

Nemaki nagara no / kehai utsukushi

 

As moon rises
we borrow a guard’s room
and bring sake
From the earthen stove                 6: 104
smoky autumn wind

 

月出れば / 関やおからん / 酒もって

土ものの竈の / 煙る秋風

 

Tsuki dereba / seki ya okaran / sake motte 

domono no kamado no / kemuru aki kaze

 

 

 

 

Morning devotions
at a family temple
the bell tolls
One more day of life                                6: 107
beggar on an island

 

 

あさ勤め / 妻帯 寺 の / かね の 声

今日も 命 と / 嶋 の 乞食

Asa tsutome / saitai-dera no / kane no koe

Kyō mo inochi to / shima no kojiki

 

Saying something,
the tree spirits respond
in spring breeze
Dispersing in the cascade                     6: 109
female mountain spirit

 

物 いえば /木魂 にひびく / 春 の 風

姿 は 瀧 に / 消える 山 姫

Mono ieba / kodama ni hibiku / yama no kaze

Sugata wa taki ni / kieru yama hime

 

“Tomorrow strangle!”
goose alive and forced
into straw bag
The moon breathtaking                                 6: 110
market for army camp

 

 

明日しめん / 雁 を 俵 に/ 生け置て

月 さえすごき / 陣中 の 市

Ashita shimen / kari o tawara ni / ike-oite

Tsuki sae-sugoki / jinchuu no ichi

 

 

The Priest sends away
my ordinary clothing
That my face                                            6: 111
resembles my mother’s
fascinates

 

Kosode hakama wo / okuru kai no shi

小袖 袴 を / 送る 戒 の 師

Waga kao no / haha ni nitaru mo / yukashikute

吾 顏の / 母 に似たるも / ゆかしくて

 

Oh so many
disappointments
assail me
The mirror reflects                                6: 138
my laughing face

 

数 々に /恨みの 品の / 指しつぎて

鏡 に 移す / 我が わらいがお

Kazu kazu ni / urami no hin no / sashi-tsugite

Kagami ni utsusu / waga warai-gao

 

 

Butterfly mourns for wing
in shadow of candle
Spring rain is                                                6: 140
tears at the tonsure of
a small boy

 

蝶の羽おしむ / 蝋燭 の 影

春 風 は / 髪 剃 児子の / 泪 にて

Chō no ha oshimu / rōsoku no kage

Haru kaze wa/ kami soru chigo no / namida nite

 

 

Pulling manure                                6: 145
on a sled is strange
over the snow
That flock of crows
flies close to people

 

糞を 引 / 雪車も おかしき / 雪 の 上

一 むら からす / 人 馴れて 飛ぶ

Koe o hiku / sori mo okashiki / yuki no ue

Ichi mura karasu / hito narete tobu

 

Pines and oaks,
are battered, the storm
makes a sound
Child shot by an arrow                              6: 147
bed of the wild boar

 

松 柏 / 荒れて 嵐の /音 す なり

子を 射させたる /猪 の 床

Matsu kashiwa / arete arashi no / oto su nari

Ko o sasasetaru / inoshishi no toko

 

Still standing 
he leaves his letter
near the door
Coins held in her hand                                 6: 155
the grandmother cries

 

立 ながら / 文 書て置く/ 見せの 端

銭 持 手 にて / 祖母 の 泣かるる

Tachinagara /bun kaite oku / mise no hashi

Zeni motsu te nite / baba no nakaruru

 

 

Rear figure                                               6: 163
of one seen off, lonely
autumn wind
Until spring has come
falling willow shadows

 

 

見送りの / うしろや 寂し / 秋 の 風

来る 春 まで と / 柳 ちる 陰

Miokuri no / ushiro ya sabishi / aki no kaze

Kuru haru made to / yanagi chiru kage

 

 

Only in substance
bullfrog has no croak
With one whack                                   6: 179 
of the cane awakened
to moon’s crescent

 

 

かたち ばかりに/ 蛙 声 なき

一棒に / うたれておがむ / 三日の 月

Katachi bakari ni / kawazu koe naki

Ichibō ni / utarete ogamu / mika no tsuki

 

Four or five play women
wander about the countryside
In these scribbles                            6: 205 
I see ... is the name
of your darling

 

 

遊女 四五 人 / 田舎 わたらひ

落 書 に / 恋しき 君が / 名 も ありて

Yuujo yongo nin / inaka watarai

Rakugaki ni / koishiki kimi ga / na mo arite

 

 

First he wipes off dew
bamboo hunting bow
Autumn wind                                     6: 207
saying not a word
child in tears
White sleeves passing on
in funeral procession

 

 

露 まづ 拂う/ 狩 の 弓 竹

秋 風 は / 物 いはぬ 子 も / 涙 にて

白き たもと の / 續く 葬礼

Tsuyu mazu harau / kari no yume take

Aki kaze wa / mono iwanu ko mo /namida nite

Shiroki tamoto no / tsuzuku sōrei

 

 

In a small silver pot
broiled parsley is served
Hand for a pillow,                                    6: 209
brushing bits of dust
from bed cushion

 

銀 の 小鍋 に/ 出す 芹 焼き

手 枕 に /しとね の ほこり / 打ち 拂い

Gin no konabe ni / idasu seri yaki

Ta-makura ni /shitone no hokori / uchi harai

 

 

Rain clearing to cloudy
the biwa have ripened
As graceful                                              6: 212
as the slender figure
of a goddesss
She wrings out red dye                          6: 212
into the white rapids

 

雨 晴れくもり /枇杷の つはる 也

細 長き/ 仙女 の 姿 / たおやか に

あかねをしぼる /水 の しら 浪

Ame hare kumori / biwa no tsuharu nari

Hoso nagaki / sennyo no sugata /taoyakana ni

Akane o shiboru / mizu no shira nami

 

Strike the bell                                          6: 213
for fun, so blossoms
scatter on us
Crazy drunks and April                           6: 213
each come to an end

 

酔狂人と / 弥生 暮れ 行く

鐘ついて /遊ばん 花 の / ちりかかる

Sukyōnin to / yayoi kure yuku

Kane tsuite / asoban hana no / chirikakaru

 

 

Writing a letter
to his first beloved,
his hand falters
Accustomed to the world                           6: 219
the monk makes it risqué
Paper lanterns
intimately entrusted
to a hot spring girl

 

初恋に / 文 書く すべも / たどたどし

世につかわれて / 僧 の たまめく

提灯を / 湯女にあずける / むつましさ

Hatsu koi ni / bun kaku sube mo / tadotadoshi

Yo ni tsukawarete / sō no tamameku

Chōchin o / yujo ni azukeru / mutsumajika

 

From last year’s battle
bones bleached white
On her day off                                        6: 222
the wife escorted home
in falling rain
The fragrance of mist
as she washes her hair

 

去年の 軍 の / 骨 は 白暴

やぶ入るの / 嫁 や 送らむ / 今日 の 雨

霞む にほひ の / 髪 洗うころ


Kozo no ikusa no / hone wa nozarashi

Yabu iru no / yome ya okuramu / kyō no ame

Kasumu nioi no / kami arau koro

 

 

Farmers get seedlings                             6: 224
from ancestral house
Morning moon,
leaving baby to rock
in the cradle

 

本家 の 早苗 / もらう 百姓

朝 の 月 /囲車に 赤子 を / ゆすり捨て

Honke no sanae / morau hyakushō

Asa no tsuki /isha ni akago o / yusuri sute

 

 

My beloved
sends me this letter
I rip to shreds!
The face of a demon                               6: 239 
I cry out at the sight

 

 

いとおしき / 人の文さえ / 引きさきて

般若の面を / おもかげに泣く

Ito oshiki / hito no bun sae / hikisakite

Hannya no men o / omokage ni naku

 

To become a nun?
parting in the night
By moonlight                                     6: 260
she looks deeply at him
in battle gear

 

尼に成るべき / 宵のきぬぎぬ

月 影 に / 鎧 と やら を / 見 透して

Ama ni naru beki / yoi no kinuginu

Tsuki kake ni / yoroi to yara o / mi sukashite

 

Now to this brothel
my body has been sold -
Can I trust you                                        6: 275
with a letter I wrote?
mirror polisher

 

此 ごろ 室に / 身を売られたる

文書いて / たのむ 便よりの / 鏡 とぎ

Kono goro muro ni / mi o uraretaru

Bun kakite / tanomu tayori no / kagami toki

 

Fee self-paid
she wakes up alone
late night cold
                                             Lady Chiyo
身上がりに独り寝ざめの夜寒かな
                                                    千代女
mi-agari ni / hitoi nezame no / yo-samu kana

 

Crest on the kimono
shall melt in the dew
Grown children                                  6: 321
squabble over who
will inherit

 

Tsuyu ni kesa baya / kirumono no mon

露 に けさ ばや / 着る物 の 紋

Kodomora ga / tsutaeru ie o / arasoite

子どもらが / 傳える 家を / あらそいて

 

Under the moon                                    6: 339
even a frowning face
is beautiful
She pounds the cloth
in argument with love

 

月の 前 / しかみし 顔 も / うつくしく

砧 うち 々 / 恋 の いさかい

Tsuki no mae / shikamishi kao mo / utsukushiku

Kinuta uchi uchi / koi no isakai

 

Now I speak                               6: 343
with the nun Shosho
Village snow
You are the pure sand
I am the bitter wind

 

少将の / あまの話や / 志賀の雪

あなたは真砂 /ここはこがらし

Shoushou no / ama no hanashi ya / shiga no yuki

Anata wa ma suna / ore wa kogarashi

 

A straw broom
only this, in old age
snow on the house
Surrounding the brazier                      6:344
robes dyed black

 

 

草箒 / かばかり 老の/ 家 の 雪

火桶を つつむ 黒染め に きぬ

Usa houki / ka bakari oi no / ie no yuki

hioke o tsutsumu / kurosome ni kinu

 






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• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
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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
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 Basho's
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 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
@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