A Haiku – by Buson

On the temple bell

perching and sleeping—

a butterfly

—BUSON, Yosa

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Ode to Life

The sadness of the days
Stretched out to all eternity
Striving, calculating, fizzled out days
That carve out your flesh in slow indeterminate years
And crush your bones with the weight of the earth, others’ feet, others’ strivings