personal favorites / poetry collections… Oku no Hosomichi by Matsuo Bashō … video & poem


 
Matsuo Bashō

Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Interior)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
from Oku no Hosomichi
 

Very early on the twenty-seventh morning of the third moon, under a predawn haze, transparent moon barely visible, Mount Fuji just a shadow, I set out under the cherry blossoms of Ueno and Yanaka. When would I see them again? A few friends had gathered in the night and followed along far enough to see me off from the boat. Getting off at Senju, I felt three thousand miles rushing through my heart, the whole world only a dream. I saw it through farewell tears.
 
          Spring passes
          and the birds cry out—tears
 
          in the eyes of fishes
 
 
(Trans. Sam Hamill)

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 5, 2012.

2 Responses to “personal favorites / poetry collections… Oku no Hosomichi by Matsuo Bashō … video & poem”

  1. Thank you for the recommendation of a lovely sounding book.

    Bassho is one of my favorite poets.

    What a journey it would be to follow in his footsteps to the interior.

    Beautiful video and music too.

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