Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(one of the) Two Japanese Haiku

(one of the) Two Japanese Haiku

The lightning flashes!
And slashing through the darkness,

A night-heron’s screech.

A lightning gleam:
into darkness travels
 a night heron’s scream.

By: Matsuo Basho

Most haikus I’ve read are random and they don’t make sense. What caught my attention for this haiku was the imagery. His word choices depicts a  clear scene. I can picture a storm with a lightning bolt brightly “slashing” through a sky and a bird screeching with fright. This short poem describes a bigger scene.  

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