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Yosa Buson

Light Of The Moon

light of the moon
moves west - flowers' shadows
creep eastward

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Old well

Old well,
a fish leaps--
dark sound.

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Spring rain

Spring rain:
telling stories,
a straw coat and umbrella walk past

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The winter river;
down it come floating
flowers offered to Buddha.

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Sparrow singing

Sparrow singing--
its tiny mouth
open.

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Evening wind

Evening wind:
water laps
the heron's legs.


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Blow of an ax

Blow of an ax,
pine scent,
the winter woods.


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The old man

The old man
cutting barley--
bent like a sickle.


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A bat flits

A bat flits
in moonlight
above the plum blossoms.


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They end their flight

They end their flight
one by one---
crows at dusk.


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