Autumn Haiku

Feels like the first time in a while I’ve had a nice day at home. Thinking about the upcoming Jewish holidays and catching up on my thought and…hand wash. Hand wash was one of the industrious things I did when young but have gotten out of the habit of. My sweaters look good!

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snails in the compost
wolf spider in the mailbox–
call it autumn

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Translating Basho

Translating Basho

The other night, there was a beautiful conjunction of the crescent moon, Venus, and lowest down, Jupiter, in our western sky. My daughter Isabel was spending the evening. I was enjoying Robert Aiken’s book on Basho–still evocative after many years.

Basho writes:

kono michi ya
yuku hito nashi ni
aki no kure

I asked Isabel to look at it–she can read Japanese.

We got:

ah, this way
without travelers
autumn’s evening

and a variation–

nobody walks
this way but me–
autumn evening

But I like this last one best–mostly Isabel’s:

this path, moving
without anyone
in the autumn evening