Written for:  Carpe Diem #1162 Ueno Iga Province, birthplace of Basho

Japanese rice terraces at sunset. Maruyama-senmaida, Kumano, Japan.

Rice terraces Mie Prefecture

these fireflies,
like the moon
in all the rice paddies

the scent of early rice –
cutting through the fields, on the right,
the Rough Shore Sea.

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Barnhill)

a clam
torn from its shell
departing autumn

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

doubt it not:
the blossoms of the tide also show
spring upon this bay

© Basho (Tr. Barnhill)

while the sun descends
the silvery moon ascends the black sky
listen … a Nightingale

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

yellow crocus
in a front garden patch
ushers in Spring



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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  1. Gorgeous haiku Sara.


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