Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Autumn Moonlight - Poem by Matsuo Basho

Autumn moonlight--
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.


Translated by Robert Hass

Form: Haiku


Comments about Autumn Moonlight by Matsuo Basho

  • Neran Sati (10/4/2015 4:14:00 PM)

    nine words and we've got a video.. haiku jewel! (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (10/2/2015 3:22:00 PM)

    no wonder he is recognized as a master of haiku. IOt takes him only nine words and three lines of simple words to recreate a scene in nature (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (10/2/2015 7:15:00 AM)

    Nice micro poem on hibernation to overcome winter time! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (10/2/2015 5:21:00 AM)

    An ethereal scene created through these lovely nine words that unveil the beauty of nature. Just wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Nyota Yasulwe Nyota Yasulwe (10/2/2015 3:54:00 AM)

    Very short but powerful poem! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Neran Sati (10/2/2015 2:04:00 AM)

    Brilliant haiku! Thanks for choosing (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/2/2015 1:04:00 AM)

    Nice comparison, moonbeam piercing the silent tress and so does the worm. (Report) Reply

  • Ray Schreiber (2/18/2012 9:25:00 PM)

    This one is a favorite... like the space between two breaths. (Report) Reply

  • Gracio Reis (5/20/2009 5:10:00 PM)

    reading Basho
    I felt my self a traveler
    too (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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