Sakura Temple

the millstone has stopped
hidden beneath frost and ice
a hungry temple
­                                                                 snow drops from a branch
­                                                                 memories of sakura
­                                                                 temple garden wakes
Kim M. Russell, 2018

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Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino, painting by Katsushika Hokusai, image found on Metropolitan Museum of Art website

My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #28 Revise That Haiku: Yosa Buson’s ‘Frost On The Temple’

In this weekend’s meditation feature, our challenge is to revise two haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784), Japanese poet and painter who is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Edo Period:

the millstone has turned
thirty-three times in its course —
frost on the temple
 ­                                                                a branch snaps under snow
­                                                                 waking me from a dream of the cherries
­                                                                 flowering on Yoshino
© Yosa Buson

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