the stillness- 
soaking into stones
a cicada's cry

—Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694)

Basho's _Narrow Roads of the Interior_, in which this poem appears, is second only to _The Tale of Genji_ among works of Japanese literature.

from William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, _The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku_, published by Kodansha International. Copyright 1985
William J. Higginson; used by permission of the translator.

(Handbook, p. 11)

About the author: Basho (1644-1694) wrote and taught linked poetry to scores of disciples from Osaka and Kyoto north to the mountains of Dewa.


Responses to the haiku for 9 July 2001 by Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-09-28 21:44:16

    interrupted dreams-
    solitary cricket's plight
    echoes through my bedroom

    Narayanan (mahashishta at hotmail dot com)
    2003-12-29 04:48:16

    the cicadas cry
    the frog croaks
    dark stillness ~

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-05-13 20:00:24

    carefree hand
    brushing silk draperies aside ...
    warm evening breeze