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Awake At Night
(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Awake At Night

Poem By Matsuo Basho

Awake at night--
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold.

Translated by Robert Hass

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Comments (4)

WhAT thE fUCK iS tHis.
Awake At Night by Matsuo Basho.) **Bitter experience. A cold night; brrrrrrrrr. Can’t sleep. The cold is so bitter that it cracks the water jar.
An ordinary activity of nature at night comes out as an extraordinary observation. Such is the power of words employed in these three lines. Great poetic feast.
This one made me laugh. Don't know why... it just did. Love it!