Under the Bashō 2016Stand-alone Hokku

 

thick darkness . . .
the poison toad
not singing

 


the dance of
kelp and ashes . . .
elm trees

 


your sadness . . .
the fallen stars
of morning

 


elephant grass . . .
can a butterfly eat
a heron?

 


late night . . .
an old man cradling
autumn

 


and the moon . . .
squatting in a
still pond

 


cracked earth . . .
the last words of
dry leaves

 


deep morning . . .
a chorus returning
to slumber

 


they cannot
see, the boatmen . . .
heaven's river

 


above and
below the clouds . . .
summer dreams