Variations on 'The short night--'

Below are eleven Buson haiku
beginning with the phrase
'The short night--'

The short night--
on the hairy caterpillar
beads of dew.

The short night--
patrolmen
washing in the river.

The short night--
bubbles of crab froth
among the river reeds.

The short night--
a broom thrown away
on the beach.

The short night--
the Oi River
has sunk two feet.

The short night--
on the outskirts of the village
a small shop opening.

The short night--
broken, in the shallows,
a crescent moon.

The short night--
the peony
has opened.

The short night--
waves beating in,
an abandoned fire.

The short night--
near the pillow
a screen turning silver.

The short night--
shallow footprints
on the beach at Yui.

Translated by Robert Hass

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The short night-
a watery moon
stands alone over the hill

  Maggie

The short night--
just as I'm falling asleep
my wife's waking up

  Larry Bole

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Yosa Buson or Yosa no Buson was a Japanese poet and painter of the Edo period. more…

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