Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April's air.....a haiku


This seems appropriate for today. It is my favorite haiku.

April's air stirs in
Willow leaves...a butterfly
Floats and balances.

-- Basho --

from A Little Treasury of Haiku
trans. Peter Beilnson
Avenel Books, NY

Basho, the haiku master.

Actually he's not a haiku master, according to one editor that is. I had picked up a book with a title that was something about the Haiku Masters. I glanced through it and found nothing by Basho. I read the Intro, thinking to find why Basho was not included. The editor, whose name escapes me now, said that this book contained the haiku of the top ten haiku masters. Basho was not included because he is so superior to them that he is known as The Haiku Poet.

No comments:

Post a Comment