uguisu no kasa otoshi taru tsubaki kana
a bush warbler
has dropped his hat
© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
changing the program
Cuckoos usually never come down into the valley here in Bolognano, but it’s been a rather strange summer, not only did a cuckoo sit on the antenna just off my back terrace this summer, serenading us for about half an hour, but we also saw a hawk with its chick perched on an antenna. I wonder what Basho would have written if he’d lived in our age.
visiting the village
© G.s.k. ‘15