[An ancient pond!]

- 1644-1694

An ancient pond!
With a sound from the water
Of the frog as it plunges in.

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

More by Matsuo Basho

[The cry of the cicada]

The cry of the cicada
Gives us no sign
That presently it will die.

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

[‘Tis the first snow—]

’Tis the first snow—
Just enough to bend
The gladiolus leaves!

 

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston

[A cloud of flowers!]

A cloud of flowers!
Is the bell Uyeno
Or Asakusa?

 

 

 

                                              —Translation by William George Aston