A hangover: but while the cherries bloom, what of it? Bashō (1644-1694) Painting by Guido Reni: Drinking Bacchus (c. 1623) Related: Why We Get Wasted on New Year’s A Few Too Many: Is There Any Hope for the Hungover?
The haiku has this rather fantasmagorical property: that we always suppose we ourselves can write such things easily. We tell ourselves: what could be more accessible to spontaneous writing than this (by Buson): It is evening, in autumn, All I … Continue reading
A cicada shell; It sang itself Utterly away. Bashō (1644-1694) Painting by John Constable: The Cenotaph (1836)
Though it will die soon The voice of the cicada Shows no sign of this. Bashō (1644-1694) Photo: Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in the last scene of the last episode of The Sopranos (2007)