On Love and Barley by Matsuo Basho

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Orchid–breathing
incense into
butterfly’s wings

Old pond,
leap-splash–
a frog.

Awaiting snow,
poets in their cups
see lightning flash.

Winter retreat–
how old the pine traced
on the golden screen.

Friends part
forever–wild geese
lost in cloud.

Come, let’s go
snow-viewing
till we’re buried.

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