A robe of flowers from Arashiyama

From The Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson, translated by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento. The selection includes a full thirty or so on cherry blossoms, a few of which I give in honor of the approaching season.

178

Cherry petals float down behind him

Landing on

A monk’s heavy knapsack

186

A storm of cherry blossoms settles

On a raft pilot’s straw rain cape

A robe of flowers from Arashiyama

187

Courtesans come out

To see the cherry blossoms

As though they were betting on their next life

189

I’ve come here to see the flowers

And I nod off among the cherry blossoms

Sleepy for a moment

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