Basho The Poet

said 'Seventeen is enough
for infinity'...

saw infinite syllables
in a sumo ring.

by Douglas Scotney

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This and the following Sonnet, placed as they are at the end, are best regarded, perhaps, as constituting a division by themselves. Both treat, though with some differences, of the same theme, that Love's fire heats water; water cools not love. The discovery of the source whence the fable was (though, as is probable, indirectly) derived is due to Herzberg (Shakespeare Jahrbuch, vol. xiii.) . He tracked the legend to a poem in the Anthology, by Marianus, written, as he thinks likely, in the fifth century after Christ: - Here, under the plane-trees, Love, having placed his torch by the Nymphs, overpowered by gentle slumber, was sleeping. Then said the Nymphs to one another, 'Why do we delay? Would that we could put out, together with this, the fire in the heart of mortals! ' But as the torch inflamed also the waters, the Love-nymphs from thence draw warm water for their bath. - The Epigram is ix.627 of the Palatine Anthology. This and the following Sonnet are manifestly based upon the Epigram, though neither is properly a translation of it.
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out
.......pretty sure this magical bath can cure you of all ills...lovely write..