Fragile Twigs

Fragile Twigs

On The Trail With Basho Encore (2) fragile twigs

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds                              © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

‘Toshi’ refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold on to the Autumn leaves.

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delicate branches
pink heads bent to the ground
after spring shower

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