a hat to cover
the body of our master
withered pampas leaves Shinshi (haigo of Takarai Kikaku)
everything turns into dust
dry frogs still jump in old ponds Kim M. Russell, 19th September 2018
Today we have a tribute haiku written by Takarai Kikaku, an apprentice of Matsuo Basho, who wrote an account of Basho’s last days. He was also known as Shinshi and wrote this tribute haikur, which he placed on his master’s memorial stone at the Gichuji Temple in Awazu.