On The Trail With Basho Encore #7 butterflies

ran no ka ya cho no tusubasa ni takimono su

orchid fragrance
from the butterfly’s wings
scenting the clothes

(c) Basho

in the Buddleia
fluttering of fragile wings
waving on the wind

(c) Chèvrefeuille

waving on the wind
butterflies resting in the sun
on the Buddleia

(c) Chèvrefeuille

cho no ha no ikutabi koyuru hei no yane

wings of a butterfly
how many times do they flutter
over roof and wall

kimi ya cho ware ya Soji ga yume gokoro

you are butterfly?
I am Chuang-tzu’s
dreaming heart

cho mo ki te su wo suu kiku no namasu kana

a butterfly also comes
to sip the vinegar from mums (*)
and pickles

okiyo okiyo waga tomo ni se n nuru ko cho

wake up wake up
I want you for a friend
sleeping butterfly


a visit from Jha
in a form of butterfly
hovering around

orange butterfly
Jha’s favourite colour
making sure we know

may she rest in peace
soaring high in heaven
pretty butterfly

(c) ladyleemanila


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