Revised Old Pond

same old pond
behind yellow roses
the splash of a frog

Kim M. Russell, 14th November 2019

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My response to Carpe Diem #1780 The Old Pond by Basho

Today we have a ‘Revise That Haiku’ challenge, in which we have been given one of the best-known haiku by Matsuo Basho, as well as the story behind it, and the goal is to ‘revise’ it:

furu ike ya / kawazu tobi komu / mizu no oto

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

Matsuo Basho

In the background notes, it was explained that Basho was living in a hermitage in Edo where there was a pond with yellow roses growing around it. One quiet early spring day he heard a frog jump into the pond – a moment when he understood the idea of tranquillity.

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