Firefly viewing—
The steersman is drunk
And how unsteady the boat!

Matsuo Bashō


autumn moonlight

As if blossoms have
fallen from the harvest moon—
the cotton field.

Matsuo Bashō


This perfectly still
Spring day bathed in the soft light
From the vaulted sky,
Why do the cherry blossoms
So restlessly scatter down?

Ki no Tomonori


It lights up
as lightly as it fades:
a firefly.



Oh what ails you?
Do not betray me, I implore you.
Before he comes back, get up, never ruin yourself,
do not ruin me a poor wretched sinner.
It is day now, see the light through the window,
do you not see it?


of the sensual world

Loveliest of what I leave behind is the sunlight,
and loveliest after that the shining stars,
and the moon’s face, but also cucumbers that are ripe, and pears, and apples.


lead me

From the unreal lead me to the Real.
From darkness lead me to Light.
From death lead me to Immortality.

The Upanishads




















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