Spring flowers

As if nothing had happened

the crow

and the willow



On a withered branch

a crow is perched

this spring evening



Yield to the willow

all the loathing

all the desire of your heart



From the willow tree

on the road over the moor

day begins to darken



It dosnt seem

very anxious to bloom

this plum tree at the gate



Another blossom of the plum

and that amount

more warmth



The two plum trees

I love their blooming

one early, one late



How it smells

the plum tree next door

but I cannot see it



The flowering branch of the plum

gives its scent

to him who broke it off



In the moon light

the white plum tree becomes again

a tree of winter



The plum blossoms having fallen

how loney

the willow tree



In the intervals

of rough wind and rain

the first cherry blossoms



Under the cherry blossoms

none are

utter strangers



The pine tree of Karasaki

more dim and vague

than the cherry blossoms



What a strange thing

to be thus alive

beneath the cherry blossoms



A fallen flower

flew back to its branch !

no it was a butterfly



The cherry blossoms

that pleased me so much

have vanished from the earth



The brushwood

though cut for fuel

is beginning to bud



Gathering all the waters of spring

the swift

Mogami river



Silence in the foothills

broken by the rain

last years pine cones



Silence in the foothills

then the sound of pine cones

raining down



Pine cones raining down

the silence in the foothills

is broken



The sound of heavy rain

pine trees

dropping last years cones



Raining down breaking

the silence in the foothills

last years pine cones.



Most of these are from R H Blyths magisterial, Haiku in 4 vols

published by the Hokuseido press.