Did you know…?




     Fallen petals rise

     back to the branch – I watch:

     oh…  butterflies!

          — Moritake


The famous haiku by Moritake (who was a Shinto priest of high rank) was inspired by a line of scripture: “Can a fallen blossom return to its branch?”.



Source: An introduction to haiku: an anthology of poems and poets from Basho to Shiki, by Harold G. Henderson


One thought on “Did you know…?

  1. Rak-ka ka | eda | ni | kaeru | to | mireba | kocho | kanaFallen-blossoms | branch | to | return | that | when-see | butterflies | kana(Initial translation work by Harold G. Henderson)

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