evening breeze . . .
water laps the legs
of the blue heron

—Yosa Buson (1716 - 1784)

This is one of Buson's most famous poems, aptly illustrating the painterly qualities in many of his haiku.

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. 12)

About the author: Buson (1716-1784) was one of the greatest Japanese painters of all time and a leading master of haikai. For more on Buson, click here.


Responses to the haiku for 21 May 2002 by Yosa Buson (1716 - 1784)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-11-22 05:26:07

    still waters -
    deep within the swamp