homage to Basho

After reading Jane Hershfield’s illuminating The Heart of Haiku (an Amazon e-book about Basho that costs just $0.99), it is hard to resist writing some lines in modest imitation of the master. For example,

Even as it rains
beating the roof, windshield drenched
I’m missing the rain

Fading autumn sky
swallows the swaying branches
silhouettes on black

Arduously mixed–
lines, blocks of color, faces
wet scraps under foot

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Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.