Famous Haiku

  • The wren
    Earns his living
    Noiselessly.

    - Issa

  • From time to time
    The clouds give rest
    To the moon-beholders.

    - Bashō

  • Over-ripe sushi,
    The Master
    Is full of regret.

    - Buson

  • Consider me
    As one who loved poetry
    And persimmons.

    - Shiki

  • In the cicada's cry
    No sign can foretell
    How soon it must die.

    - Bashō

  • Blowing from the west
    Fallen leaves gather
    In the east.

    - Buson

  • Winter seclusion -
    Listening, that evening,
    To the rain in the mountain.

    - Issa

  • My life, -
    How much more of it remains?
    The night is brief.

    - Shiki

  • An old silent pond...
    A frog jumps into the pond,
    splash! Silence again.

    - Bashō

  • I kill an ant
    and realize my three children
    have been watching.

    - Kato Shuson

  • Over the wintry
    forest, winds howl in rage
    with no leaves to blow.

    - Soseki

  • Sparrow's child
    out of the way, out of the way!
    the stallion's coming through

    - Issa

  • Toward those short trees
    We saw a hawk descending
    On a day in spring.

    - Shiki

  • No one travels
    Along this way but I,
    This autumn evening.

    - Bashō

  • Don’t weep, insects –
    Lovers, stars themselves,
    Must part.

    - Issa

  • In the twilight rain
    these brilliant-hued hibiscus -
    A lovely sunset

    - Bashō