dVerse — haibun –Basho

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Friends and celebrated poets Li Po (Li Bai) and Tu Fu (Du Fu) lived in the seven-hundreds. They sipped wine together and toasted the moon in bamboo groves.

Almost a thousand years later, Basho became a poet of his time. Basho published under different names, including one that meant “green peach” as a sign of respect for Li Po, whose name translates to “white plum.*”

Two frogs same moon —
Still pools water the orchard in
Peach blossom village

 

 

 

*information taken from poetry foundation

Frank J. Tassone is today’s host for dVerse.  Frank says:
Today, I would you like you to write a haibun that alludes to either (or both!) of these poetic masters. You could comment on their lives or accomplishments, write a mock-memoir from their point-of-view, explore some aspect of their art, reflect on their impact—whatever you like!

27 Comments Add yours

  1. kim881 says:

    I’ve learnt something new about Basho from your haibun, Lisa. I love the way you used facts and riffed on Basho’s classic haiku to create a beautiful original one of your own.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Kim, glad you enjoyed the haibun.

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    2. rivrvlogr says:

      I agree, Kim. That frog line is really good.

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  2. I love how you tie Li Po with Basho! Oh, that last haiku, that ultimate line: pure elegance. A tribute to Basho, and his beloved Li Po, for which he’d bow.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank, and I bow to Basho to his respect to Li Po (and Tu Fu by extension in my mind.)

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  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    Thank you for sharing the story. The haiku was touching and poignant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the story and the haiku, Beverly, you are welcome and thanks.

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  4. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Your feel for the period and the form, added to the brevity, gives a sense of authenticity to the piece;’ nice job.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Glenn, much appreciated comment.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    What a beautiful haiku. You have made the spirit of Basho your own. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, K.

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  6. rivrvlogr says:

    Well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ken.

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  7. gillena cox says:

    I only knew of his banana psuedonym, you have enlightened me of his ‘green peach’ reference
    Oh your haibun is in total so elegant

    Much💙love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gillena glad to have pleased you with the haibun, thank you ❤

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  8. Oh, a lovely glimpse of Basho respecting his poetic tradition, and then your own haiku referencing Basho’s frog. A chain of haiku.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sarah!

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  9. Learnt something more about Basho. Your haiku is a masterpiece, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you much, Punam!

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  10. I love how you placed Basho in the history of predecessors. Maybe Shakespeare also tied himself to Chaucer and other earlier poets.

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  11. Jedediah Smith says:

    Wonderful! Very smart to draw those poets together, sutra-like. I toyed with doing somethign similar with Hanshan butr couldn’t find me path through the words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  12. hank77 says:

    kaykuala

    One just cannot avoid Basho’s ‘frog’ haiku. We can literally ‘hear’ the ‘plop’ and ‘see’ movements in our minds when reading it. And you did it so well to create one of your own with reference to the haiku. Great thoughts Jade!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank thank you for the thoughtful comments. Speaking of frogs, I saw a big bullfrog jump into the ditch when getting the mail an hour or so ago.

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  13. rothpoetry says:

    I enjoyed your history and comparison of the early Japanese poets. The haiku is great!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you!

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