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A selection of Haiku

Natsume, Soseki (1867-1916)

On New Year's Day
I long to meet my parents
as they were before my birth.

Shiki, Masaoka (1867-1902).

For love and for hate
I swat a fly and offer it
to an ant.

The summer river:
although there is a bridge, my horse
goes through the water.

Basho, Matsuo (1644-1694).

Poverty's child—
he starts to grind the rice,
and gazes at the moon.

Takahama, Kyoshi (1874-1959)

The winds that blow—
ask them, which leaf on the tree
will be next to go.

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If you click the names of the Japanese poets, you will be redirected to pages where you can purchase Haiku volumes by these writers.

For an excellent introduction to the rich heritage of Japanes poetry, try an anthology edited by Donald Keene:

An Anthology of Japanese Literature