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dVerse — haibun –Basho

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“Spring in a mountain village” by Olha Darchuk

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 thoughts on “dVerse — haibun –Basho

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


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  3. 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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  4. 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!


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