Carpe Diem #736 one patch of a rice field

“The willow tree with “clear water flowing” was in the village of Ashino, by a paddy path. Ashino Suketoshi, the local lord, had written to me from time to time to say, “I’d like to show you the willow”, so I had wondered in what kind of a place it would be. Today I was able to stop in the shade of this willow”.

one patch of a rice field
when it was planted I left
the willow tree                     © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold).


one corner of the garden
left untended shared its weeds
as soon as I left


one patch of earth
when it was tended
brought untold beauty


from the willow’s shade
the song of the cuckoo
rests in the air