Matsuo Bashō, born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa

Bashō, born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa

Japanese Haiku Poet, Zen Monk

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Harvest moon: around the pond I wander and the night is gone.

O cricket from your cherry cry No one would ever guess How quickly you must die.

Summer grasses, all that remains of soldiers' dreams.

Winter garden, the moon thinned to a thread, insects singing.

He who creates three to five haiku poems during a lifetime is a haiku poet. He who attains to completes ten is a master.

Old dark sleepy pool... Quick unexpected frog goes plop! Watersplash!

The journey itself is my home.

Winter rain falls on the cow-shed; a cock crows.

How I long to see among dawn flowers, the face of God.

Old pond... a frog leaps in, water's sound.

The leeks newly washed white,- how cold it is!

Winter solitude- in a world of one color the sound of the wind.

How still it is! Stinging into the stones, the locusts' trill.

On a bare branch a crow is perched - autumn evening.

The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

You make the fire and I?ll show you something wonderful: a big ball of snow!

I am one who eats his breakfast, gazing at morning glories.

Operating superficially, the mind is random in its activity and stale in its insights and images. However, with practice and experience the mind is freed from the skull, and the fresh and new can appear as though for the first time.

The moon is brighter since the barn burned.

Cold as it was we felt secure sleeping together in the same room.

I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; I seek the things they sought.

Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.

The oak tree: not interested in cherry blossoms.

Come, butterfly, it's late- we've miles to go together.

I hope to have gathered to repay your kindness--the willow leaves scattered in the garden.

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Japanese Haiku Poet, Zen Monk