Today at d’Verse, Frank Tassone offered to us two master poets. One was William Shakespear who was a prolific English poet and play-write. The second was the most revered Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), who introduced hokku which later became haiku poetry. Both men changed the world with their words. This is the goal of all of us who write. Our hope is that our words will shed light on the truth of the world around us in a way that has both present and lasting affect.

I write poems on my

journey with teacher Bashō

New beans sprouts today


Such different poets

Shakespear and Bashō

Both pushing flowers


Bashō visits Shakespear’s stage

So many words are spoken


“All’s well that ends well”

What more needs to be spoken

Clear as fresh spring air


Lost in endless lines of verse

Shakespear’s never ending voice


Bashō speaks more with

less, like a set c-4 charge

Spring explodes


I wrote my Haibun above, then added a few non-conformed haikai ranga verses following that give comparison of the two from Bashō’s perspective.

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29 thoughts on “Masters

  1. Let’s hear it for shedding light on the truth of the world. In the sphere of Trump, truth has little to no value–as he has spun over 20,000 lies in 3.5 years, but who’s counting. Trump is our very own mad king. Your piece is very creative, bombast vs. introspection. I like the thought you put into it .

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  2. kaykuala

    The comparison is stylishly told Dwight! It is great to be exposed to them in that they are revered at their different specialties and expertise. We are all the more privileged to experience both types of different creative works..


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    • Thanks Hank! I had heard of Basho and new he was associated with Haiku, but this is the first time I took the time to read about his life and his legacy! It was very interesting. It wa a uniquely fun comparison


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