"Quietly, quietly / yellow mountain roses fall / sound of the rapids." - Matsuo Bashō

Traditional japanese short form poetry.

"Summer heat flickers
Flowers bloom in asphalt cracks
Beautiful decay."
- Written while passing the Gersthof trainstation, 220612

"Sommerhitze flirrt
Blüten brechen durch Asphalt
Schönheit des Verfalls."

A meditation of nature emphasizing simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.

Three phrases of seventeen syllables, constituted by a 5, 7, 5 pattern. Traditionally written in a single line.

In translations, the 5/7/5 rule sometimes falls in favor of retaining the essence of the poem.

"I write, erase, rewrite
Erase again, and then
A poppy blooms."
- Katsushika Hokusai

Matsuo Bashō by Hokusai