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Yosa Buson, or Yosa no Buson (与謝蕪村), was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Bashō and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-chō, Miyakojima Ward ... Read more
Yosa Buson, or Yosa no Buson (与謝蕪村), was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Bashō and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-chō, Miyakojima Ward ... Read more

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

White blossoms of the pear
and a woman in moonlight
    reading a letter.

The willow leaves fallen,
the spring gone dry,
    rocks here and there.

Lighting one candle
with another candle--
    spring evening.

The spring sea rising
and falling, rising
    and falling all day.

Ploughing the land--
not even a bird singing
in the mountain's shadow.

Washing the hoe--
ripples on the water;
    far off, wild ducks.

His Holiness the Abbot
is shitting
in the withered fields.

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

Early summer rain--
houses facing the river,
    two of them

Calligraphy of geese
against the sky--
    the moon seals it.

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

Coolness--
the sound of the bell
    as it leaves the bell.

Before the white chrysanthemum
the scissors hesitate
    a moment.

My arm for a pillow,
I really like myself
under the hazy moon.

He's on the porch,
to escape the wife and kids--
how hot it is!

Dawn--
fish the cormorants haven't caught
swimming in the shallows.

The end of spring--
the poet is brooding
    about editors.

Harvest moon--
called at his house,
he was digging potatoes.

The behavior of the pigeon
is beyond reproach,
but the mountain cuckoo?

 
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