Poems I like

Recently I promised myself that I would post at least once a week.  Unfortunately, I’ve been extremely busy lately, and haven’t had much time to compile even the bare amount of material I’ve been posting recently.  Nevertheless, to satisfy the obligation, here are some poems I discovered recently and enjoy.

From The Essential Haiku,by Basho

Even in Kyoto-
hearing the cuckoo’s cry-
I long for Kyoto
(11)
This moves me anew every time I read it.  I’m surprised how much I enjoy haiku, although I have no idea why I’m surprised.
Another Basho, especially appropriate for the season if not actually for the weather.  It evokes nicely what I most appreciate about the winter.
Winter solitude-
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.
(33)
Finally, a fragment of Sappho, from Anne Carson’s thoroughly enjoyable translation
34
stars around the beautiful moon
hide back their luminous form
whenever all full she shines
on the earth
silvery
Reading these over, there seems to be a theme here.
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