Monday, November 16, 2015

Basho's Crow

Early in this year's 40th Anniversary YT Haiku Retreat, 2015 poets began
to nudge each other and whisper after this crow perched on the drought-stressed 
California Live Oak outside the window of the Trident Meeting Room.
From across the room, I had a good view. The beautiful colors were just like this
in the soft afternoon light; I have not altered them, 
just cropped the photo to feature Basho's Crow.

On a bare branch
A crow is perched -
Autumn evening. 
                                           Makoto Ueda [1]

On a withered bough
A crow alone is perching;
Autumn evening now
                                           Kenneth Yasuda [2]

On a withered branch
a crow has settled...
autumn nightfall.
                                                     Harold G. Henderson [3]

on a dead branch
the crow settles -
autumn evening

                                            Bruce Ross [4]

On the dead limb
squats a crow -
autumn night
                                             Lucien Stryk [5]

On a withered branch
A crow is perched,
In the autumn evening.
                                              R. H. Blyth [6]

on a bare branch
a crow has alighted...
autumn nightfall.

                                             Makoto Ueda [7]

on a bare branch
a crow lands
autumn dusk

                                             Jane Reichhold [8]

A crow
has settled on a bare branch -
autumn evening.

                                              Robert Hass [9]
on dead branches crows remain
perched at autumn's end
                                                         Hiroaki Sato [10]

on a barren branch
a raven has perched -
autumn dusk

                                               William J. Higginson [11]

a solitary
crow on a bare branch -
autumn evening

                                                Sam Hamill [12]

on a leafless branch
a crow comes to nest -
autumn nightfall

                                                 Haruo Shirane [13]

on a withered branch
a crow has settled -
autumn evening.

                                                  David Landis Barnhill [14]


[1] Ueda, Makoto
Basho and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with Commentary
Stanford University Press, 1995.

[2] Yasuda, Kenneth
Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature and History
Tuttle Publishing, 2002.

[3] Henderson, Harold G.
An Introduction to Haiku: An Anthology of Poems and Poets From Basho to Shiki
Doubleday Anchor Books, 1958.

[4] Ross, Bruce (ed).
Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku
Charles E. Tuttle Company, Vermont, 1993.

[5] Stryk, Lucien
On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho
University of Hawaii Press, 1986.

[6] Blyth, Reginald Horace,
Hokuseido Press, 1997.

[7] Ueda, Makoto
Matsuo Basho
Kodansha America, 1983.

[8] Reichhold, Jane
Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands on Guide
Kodansha International, 2003.

[9] Hass, Robert
The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa
Ecco press, 1994.

[10] Sato, Hiroaki

[11] Higginson, William J. with Penny Harter
The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share and Teach Haiku
McGraw-Hill, 1985.

[12] Hamill, Sam
The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa and Other Poets
Shambhala Publications, 1995.

[13] Shirane, Haruo
Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory and the Poetry of Basho
Stanford University Press, 1998.

[14] Barnhill, David Landis
Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho
State University of New York Press, 2004.

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