A Poem For Friday

by Alice Quinn

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More haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1783):

Swallows are wakened at night
in a hut someone
is beating at a snake

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Old doll reminds me
how my love used to hide
her face in her sleeve

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Pear trees in flower
a woman reads a letter
by moonlight

(From Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson, Translated by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento. Copyright © 2013 by W.S. Merwin and Takako U. Lento. Used by permission of The Wylie Agency, LLC. All rights reserved. Photo by Oleg Shpyrko)