woodsmoke – – haiku

Smoke of burning leaves and pine cones drew me on, touching something deep inside. Then the moon rose, shining on the sea, day turned suddenly to night.

~Matsuo Basho, “Narrow Road to the Interior” translated by Sam Hamill


cold moon

the sweet smell of woodsmoke

from down the road


©️2019 Ontheland

The Basho quote is excerpted from Frank Tassone’s day 10 selection for November with Basho. I’m plodding far behind with Frank’s November tour through Basho’s “Narrow Road to the Interior”. This haiku came to me on Thursday night when I stepped outside. My savouring of woodsmoke is a somewhat guilty pleasure as I am aware we don’t need more particulates in the atmosphere.

10 thoughts on “woodsmoke – – haiku

    1. I’ve been enjoying the process…both the writing and an opportunity to get to know some of an ancient classic. I imagine I could choose my own project but following Frank’s selections gives me a nudge to push through to find a personal connection in Basho’s journey when it is far from obvious at first.


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