To Bashō [II]
by Nyogen Senzaki
His straw sandals climbed the mountains
And crossed the rivers.
At the end of his journey,
The autumn wind was mercilessly cold.
He dreamed of the beautiful lake under the waning moon.
He did not wake up the next morning.
Bashō, the haiku poet, thus passed from the world, two
hundred and forty-six years ago.
American haiku friends gather here to commemorate Bashō.
The loneliness of autumn saturates each heart as in the
November 11, 1940
From Like a Dream, Like a Fantasy: The Zen Teachings and Translations of Nyogen Senzaki, Somerville, Massachusetts: Wisdom Publications, 2005, page 51.