While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.
Ō no Yasumaro (circa 711), (Tr. Michael R. Burch)
Tortured by wind, rain and sun,
it has stopped its whispering.
Kim M. Russell, 21st February 2019
Today we are working with a haiku that was written in the 8th century, when it wasn’t called a haiku, by O no Yasumaro (circa 711).